The amendments to the Official Bankruptcy Forms the Judicial Conference of the United States approved took effect on December 1, 2013. These bankruptcy forms include:
- Form 3A – Application for Individuals to Filling Fee in Installments
- Form 3B – Application to have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived
- Form 6 – Schedules
- Form 6I – Schedule I: Your income
- Form 6J – Schedule J: Your Expenses
- Form 23 – Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management
- Form 27 – Reaffirming Agreement Cover Sheet
Even though used only in individual debtor cases, the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules revised Official Forms 3A, 3B, 6I, and 6J as part of its ongoing Forms Modernization Project (FMP). Early in its evaluation of the existing forms, the FMP concluded that case-opening forms for individuals should be separate from those that entities use. The Committee made the forms more understandable for individuals unfamiliar with bankruptcy and often unrepresented by a Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy lawyer in Little Rock, AR. As described in the notes of the meeting for the four forms, it also made minor substantive changes.
The Committee revised Official Forms 6I and 6J, with updated line number cross-references to Schedule I and J.
The Committee also revised Official Form 23 in connection with a change to Bankruptcy Rule 1007(b)(7). The rule change relieved individual debtors of the obligation to file the form if a personal financial management instructional course provider notifies the court directly that the debtor completed the course. Official Form 23 now reflects the rule change with the inclusion of an instruction stating that the borrower should complete and file the form only if the provider has not already notified the court.
The Committee made these revisions to make the process easier for everyone involved in a bankruptcy application. For an extensive explanation of the modifications, consult a Little Rock Chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy attorney.