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EFT Payments for Debtor(s)' Counsel and Creditors:

Both Creditors and Attorneys representing Debtors are now offered the option of foregoing paper checks and instead obtaining their monthly disbursements via electronic fund transfer ("EFT").  Payment by EFT is faster and more secure than traditional payment methods.  If you are interested in exercising this option, please contact our system manager, Melanie, at,for further information.  

EFT Authorization Form

Electronic Debtor Payments:

My office authorizes the submission of plan payments electronically through either E-Pay or TFS.  If you are interested in using either of these methods, please contact your attorney for further information and eligibility. If you are not represented by an attorney, you may contact my office for questions regarding electronic payments.    

Uniform Chapter 13 Plan

Effective with ALL cases filed on or after August 1, 2011, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois has mandated the use of a new uniform Chapter 13 Plan. The Chapter 13 Plan form is available to the public at the Benton and East St. Louis offices of the U.S. Bankruptcy Clerk and on the Court's website. Also with the implementation of this new Plan, the Court has also published a Chapter 13 Procedures Manual on its website. Practioners and pro-se debtors/creditors are strongly urged to familiarize themselves with its contents.