Can the clerk's office assist in filing, writing motions, or filling out forms if a party is not represented by an attorney?
The clerk's office is prohibited from helping a pro- se filer in filing, writing motions, or filling out forms. If a party does not have attorney representation, they may be able to obtain assistance from one of the following two entities: Dallas Bar Association - (214) 220-7400; Legal Aid of Northwest Texas (214) 748-1234. These groups are not affiliated with the Court.
Additionally, the clerk's office website provides a link to the local rules as well as the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Federal Bankruptcy Code. The burden lies on the pro-se filer to make themselves familiar with these rules.
How long does the ECF system take to send out the emails?
The ECF system usually sends out emails within 5 minutes of completion of the electronic filing so there is no real delay. If you are exeriencing delays, check on the frequency with which you have set your email server to check for new messages.
Can a client or an interested party (non-attorney) receive emails on a case?
You can add a secondary email address by using the Maintain My ECF Account option under Utilities. Any email addresses you add will receive everything that the primary email account gets in all his or her cases. This can be confusing for the secondary if they start to receive emails regarding cases for which they are not involved. Instead, you might want to set up a RULE on your email server or email client to automatically forward case emails to anyone you wish.
Can secondary email addresses get emails on certain cases only?
No. Secondary email addresses will receive emails for every case that the primary email gets. It works exactly like a "CC" (carbon-copy) address.
Why are the menu events not displayed when I click on Bankruptcy?
The reason you do not have any menu options is because the attorney account is locked due to pending filing fees that have not been paid. You will need to log in to ECF, click on "Utilities/Internet Payments Due" A pop-up window will appear for you to pay the outstanding fees. Click Pay Now, and follow the prompts.
Once the fees have been paid, access to your account will be restored.
If access to your account is not restored, refresh your screen.
How should a document (PDF) be signed electronically?
All parties signing a PDF document should use the /s/ Name. If you have further questions, please refer to the Attorney's Desk Reference or in General Order 2004-06 - General Order Regarding Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing.
Where do you download the necessary forms needed for filing?
After I log in to ECF, the screen doesn't have the menu to allow for filing. At the top of the screen, the only choices are Query, Reports, Utilities and Logout. Please help.
It sounds like you have logged in using your PACER login and not your ECF login. When logged into PACER you are only able to see the four options:
Query Reports Utilities Logout
If a Motion for Summary Judgment needs to be filed in a bankruptcy case and not the adversary, what event do I use?
File the Motion for Summary Judgment under Adversary/Motions/Summary Judgment.
When asked for the adversary number, input the case number instead of the adversary number so the motion will be filed in the main case.
How can a debtor without attorney representation file bankruptcy and where can the forms be obtained?
The forms can be obtained on the the court's website under the Forms Tab at www.txnb.uscourts.gov or from http://www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms.aspx
Once the forms have been filled out, the debtor will bring them or mail them to the clerk's office along with the list of creditor's (in a .txt file), certificate of credit counseling, the fee in exact cash, cashier's check or money order, along with a color copy of the debtors driver's license and social security card.
Please remember, the clerk's office cannot provide legal advice.