U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Washington
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New Claims Transfer Fee and Changes to Creditor Limited Use ECF Accounts
[last updated: 04/09/2013]

Judicial Conference Authorizes New Claims Transfer Fee – May 1, 2013
Beginning May 1, 2013, bankruptcy courts nationwide will charge a fee of $25 for the transfer of a claim. This new fee is imposed by the Judicial Conference in recognition of the court’s time and resources involved in processing a claim transfer and related noticing obligations.

Assessment of Claims Transfer Fee
The claims transfer fee will be assessed upon the filing of the claim transfer. The fee
  • is charged against the entity who files the transfer of claim, whether transferee or transferor
  • applies to partial claims transfers as well
  • is charged for each individual claim transferred even when multiple claim transfers are simultaneously filed by one entity (through claims upload or batch filing)
Payment of Claims Transfer Fee
Electronically filed claims transfers must have the transfer fee paid at the time of filing in CM/ECF using Pay.gov or ACH Debit. Fees not paid in one business day will result in a lock of the ECF account.

Conventionally filed paper claims transfers must be accompanied by payment of the $25 fee or will not be accepted for filing.

Changes to Creditor Limited Use ECF Accounts – April 15, 2013
The court is implementing Claims e-Filing which enables entities to file claims and claims related documents in ECF without the need for an ECF account. Going forward, only entities filing claims transfers or incurring other filing fees will need a limited use ECF account with the ability to pay fees electronically.

The court will close all creditor limited use ECF accounts effective April 15, 2013.
Entities who anticipate they will need a payment enabled limited use ECF account after April 15, 2013, should contact the ECF Help Desk at 206-370-5280 (Seattle) or 253- 882-3939 (Tacoma) for assistance.

Note: Attorney ECF accounts are not affected by this change.
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