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    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.  
  • Working from home
    Our staff is working from home for the next several weeks.   Our preferred method of contact is email, however, our phones are functioning.  Our staff email addresses are  You can find the names of our employees on the Who Does What, available on a link on this page. We appreciate your patience.
  • Announcement regarding Judge McIvor's retirement and case assignment
    Click here to read the Court's announcement regarding how cases will be handled with Judge McIvor's retirement.
  • End of Word Perfect support
    Reminder: Per Administrative Order 19-05, Administrative Order Amending ECF Procedures 2(1) and 7(b), the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan will no longer accept documents in Word Perfect format effective 10/1/2019.  Our office will reject any documents sent to us in that format starting with the effective date of the Order.   In concurrence with this Order, our office will no longer accept Word Perfect documents.   Please update your documents if you still use Word Perfect.  
  • Future 341 Dockets and Court Hearing Dates List for 2021, Updated Upcoming 341 Meetings and Hearing Dates List for 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 Shefferly 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 Docket Info
    We have been told that the  contested docket "Call In" number for cases formerly assigned to Judge Shefferly will remain (888) 684-8852 Access Code 6874938#, no matter which Judge is actually sitting in on the docket.  Watch this space for updates if it changes, or subscribe to the DETBK email list.
  • 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.
  • Trustee Fee FY 2021
    Effective October 1, 2020, 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 (3/31/2020)
    Our Who Does What has been updated to reflect changes in our Paralegal Department.  Please download the latest copy and distribute it in your office.    
  • Winter Office Closing Schedule
    Our office will close on Friday, December 11th at 11:30 AM.  Our office will reopen on Monday, Decemer 14th, at 9AM. Our office will be closed from Thursday, December 24th through Friday January 1st.  Our office will reopen on Monday, January 4th, at 9AM. Click the link below for our document deadlines.    
  • 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.
  • 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