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Hon. Brian D. Lynch, Chief Judge Mark L. Hatcher, Clerk of Court
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NOTICE TO APPROVED PERSONAL FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT COURSE PROVIDERS
[last updated: 12/04/2013]

Effective December 1, 2013, Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(b)(7) is amended to permit an approved provider of a postpetition instructional course concerning personal financial management to notify the court directly when the debtor has completed a course concerning personal financial management. Official Form 23 (Debtor's Certification of Completion of Postpetition Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management) is amended to instruct the debtor to complete and file the form ONLY if the course provider has not already notified the court of the debtor's completion of the course. Note: This rule change pertains to the certificate of completion of a personal financial management only, not to credit counseling certificates.

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington will permit approved providers of a personal financial management course to file the certificate of completion electronically using the electronic financial management course certificate filing program (eFinCert) rather than requiring course providers to register as limited users of the court’s CM/ECF case management system.

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(c), the debtor must file a statement that he/she completed the personal financial management course within 60 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors under § 341 of the Code in a chapter 7 case, and in a chapter 11 or 13 case no later than the date when the last payment was made by the debtor as required by the plan or the filing of a motion for discharge under § 1141(d)(5)(B) or § 1328(b) of the Code. Failure to timely file the certificate in accordance with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(c), will result in the debtor’s case being closed without a discharge. See Fed. R. Bankr. P. 4004(c)(1)(H).

File Personal Financial Management Course Certificate (eFinCert)

Penalty for filing fraudulent certification: Fine of up to $500,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. 18 U.S.C.§§ 152 and 3571.
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