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Style Conventions for Names

These style conventions apply to all names entered in ECF.

1. Use upper and lower case for all names and capitalize the first letter in a proper noun.

        • Wallace D. Smith
        • United Services Fidelity and Guaranty

2. Use punctuation and single spacing between all names and following initials and periods.

        • J. J. Jones
        • Smith, Inc.
        • C. W. Bradford, Ltd.

3. When typing names that have upper and lower case letters or hyphens; do not insert spaces.

        • Patricia DeLaGarza
        • Patrick MacDougal
        • Kathleen O'Brien
        • Mary Smith-Baker

4. If an individual does not have a middle name, leave that field blank. Do not enter "NMI" (no middle initial).

5. If a party has multiple names such as Robert Kramer Johns Martin, add the extra names in the Middle Name box.

        • Last name: Martin
        • Middle name: Kramer Johns
        • First name: Robert

6. Business names should be entered entirely in the Last Name box.

        • Do NOT use the First Name or Middle Name box when entering business names.
        • Do NOT use the ampersand sign (&) for "and". Use the word and instead of the ampersand.

7. Avoid abbreviations unless it is part of a company name on the petition or pleading.

        • Ford Motor Company instead of Ford Motor Co.
        • First Federal Association instead of 1st Federal Assoc.
        • Enter U.S. and U.S.A. without any spaces.
        • U.S. Department of Agriculture
        • U.S. Trustee
        • U.S. Attorney
        • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission