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  • NOTICE RE: TELEPHONIC §341 MEETINGS AND COURT HEARINGS (Updated 8/12/2020)
    NOTE:  This letter and some forms have changed - please review for updated information! Click here to review information on how our office will be conducting matters scheduled for hearing and 341 Meetings of Creditors.  
  • 13Documents
    Effective November 30th, 2021, our office will no longer accept documents at dwrfinancials@det13.com.  We will be using 13Documents.com.  This service is free and more robust than the old "email reader".  There is a "quickstart" guid in the Forms section under Attorneys.  We WILL continue to receive documents at ruskin.orders@det13.com and ruskin.stips@det13.com.  Contact rich@det13.com if you have any further questions.
  • Ch 13 Trustee Memo on Bateson
    Click here for a memo outlining how Chapter 13 Trustees in Eastern District of Michigan will handle funds in cases dismissed post-confirmation as required by the Bateson decision.
  • Detroit area Ch 7 Trustee Contact list (2021)
    Click here for an updated Detroit area Ch 7 Trustee contact list.  Please note that our office did not create this list, nor does our office maintain it.  We provide it here as a courtesy to the bankruptcy community.
  • ECF Procedure 8 - Filing Format Requirements:
    Pursuant to ECF Procedure 8 - Filing Format Requirements (b) Hyperlinks, the Court is now striking pleadings that contain a hyperlink. We have found that PDF programs like Acrobat automatically create a hyperlink when a URL is detected.  The standard stipulations for 3rd party payment and payment by TFS have www.TFSBillPay.com in the text.  Acrobat and other programs will convert this to a hyperlink when converting to PDF.  The Court will strike the document. We suggest that you remove the www from these pleadings before converting the documents to PDF. The Trustees have updated the forms on their websites to remove the links.  Please take steps to ensure your stipulations are not stricken.
  • Future 341 Dockets and Court Hearing Dates List for 2021 (Updated July 6, 2021), Updated Upcoming 341 Meetings and Hearing Dates List for April 2021 through January 2022 - Updated July 6, 2021
    Click here to download a list of all the updated upcoming 341 Meeting dates, as well as hearing dates for Judge Oxholm and Judge Gretchko for our office.  This document can also be found in the "Office Calendar" section in each tab.
  • Joint Memo Regarding Periodic Billing Statements in Bankruptcy
    Click here to read a Joint Memo from the Eastern and Western District Chapter 13 Trustees regarding Amendments to the Consumer Protection Bureau's Mortgage Servicing Rule regarding Periodic Billing Statements in Bankruptcy.  A sample of the Statement is attached to the memo.
  • Judge Shefferly on Drafting Proposed Orders
    Judge Shefferly has written a guide to drafting proposed orders.  We have posted that in the Forms section of our website in the Attorneys section.
  • New Form Chapter 13 Plan
    The Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has entered Administrative Order 17-04 regarding the use of a Local Form for a Chapter 13 Plan.  Click here to download the Court Notice.
  • Reports Emailed via the NDC
    On October 18th, our office will begin emailing our "Six Month" reports via the National Data Center (NDC) instead of via the US Mail.  Debtors and their attorneys will receive a link via email to go to www.ndc.org to access the reports.  If you are not yet enrolled with the NDC then now is the time!  Debtors who are not enrolled with the NDC, but for whom we have email addresses, will still get a link and will be able to view the report without joining.
  • Trustee Fee FY 2022
    Effective October 1, 2021, the US Trustee Program has established the Trustee Fee for cases administered by David Ruskin at 9%.  This amount can fluctuate during the course of a fiscal year as well as during the life of a Plan. We encourage the use of a rate of 10% when calculating cases to account for fluctuations in the fee during the life of the Plan.
  • Updated Who Does What (10/1/2021)
    Our Who Does What has been updated to reflect multiple changes in our office.  Please download the latest copy and distribute it in your office.    
  • 341 and Court Calendars
    Click HERE to review the call-in information and case lists for upcoming dockets
  • Debtor Attorneys and the National Data Center
    Click here for an annoucement regarding the our office using the National Data Center to send documents and how the NDC can help debtor attorneys.  Also see our Forms directory for a document on how the NDC can help you.
  • New "no look fee" amount.
    Click here for a joint memo from the Detroit Chapter 13 Trustees regarding "no look" fees.
  • Now Accepting TFS Payments
    The Office of Chapter 13 Trustee – David W. Ruskin is now accepting online payments via TFS, a secure, online payment service company.   Please see the Payments Online page of this site for more information.
  • Notice Regarding Stipulations
  • Revised Questions to Ask Debtors at the 341 (UPDATED April 2016)
    Click here to read about the revised "Questions to ask at the 341" form.
  • Ford Motor Payroll Deduction Address