Nearly all official bankruptcy forms will be replaced on December 1, 2015. Versions are substantially revised, reformatted, and renumbered. On December 1, 2015, the revised official forms will become mandatory. The only exception will be court local forms. Filings that are made not using the official forms will result in notification by deficiency memo to the filing party. Failure to cure the deficiency will result in dismissal of the case.
The new official forms and other related information can be found on the U.S. Courts website at: www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/pending-rules-amendments/pending-changes-bankruptcy-forms.
The official forms were approved by the Judicial Conference on September 17, 2015. Attorneys are advised to contact software vendors currently utilized for more information. After November 30, 2015, CINGroup's EZ-Filing software will no longer be updated or supported.
The new official forms are part of a modernization project that began with the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules in 2008. Most notably, the new forms introduce different versions of case opening forms for individual debtors and non-individual debtors. The new forms are easier for debtors to understand and complete. They are designed to work with scheduled enhancements made to the federal court case opening and electronic case management system.
At a meeting on October 1, 2015, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules reviewed and recommended that the Director of the Administrative Office also introduce two new Director’s Forms (Form 4100N and Form 4100R). These forms may be used by Chapter 13 trustees and claim holders to comply with the requirements of Bankruptcy Rule 3002.1(f) and (g).