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Certificates of Disinterestedness

In presenting certificates of disinterestedness for employment applications, one should note that the employment standards for a professional under 327(a) --- a "disinterested person" under 101(14) who represents no interest adverse to the estate --- constitute standards that are considerably more stringent that that required of special counsel under 327(e) -- which has no disinterestedness requirement and requires an averment only that the attorney does not hold any interest adverse to the debtor "with respect to the matter on which such attorney is to be employed

Emergency Filing Procedures

If CM/ECF is inaccessible, an Electronic Filing User’s system is inoperable, or an emergency requires the paper filing of a document to meet a filing deadline, the filer may use the drop box provided in the appropriate location. The document is considered filed as of the date and time submitted to the drop box. For additional information on drop box locations in each division, please click here. 

Required Paper Copy for Chambers

Remember to submit a paper copy to chambers when filing the following pleadings:  (1) Chapter 9 or Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization; (2)   Disclosure Statement; (3) Motion for Summary Judgment; (4) Fee Application (only if fee exhibit exceeds 25 pages); and (5) Motion to Dismiss under FRBP 7012 (only if over 25 pages).

Submitting Declarations for Electronic Filing

Within five (5) business days of the filing by electronic means of any bankruptcy petition, list, schedule, or statement that requires verification or an unsworn declaration under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1008, an attorney should submit to the Court a Declaration of Electronic Filing in paper format containing the actual signatures of individual debtors or authorized representatives of partnership or corporate debtors.
III(B)(3) of TXEB Appendix 5005

Use Updated Matrix from Court

When the Local Rules require service on the matrix "as constituted by the Court on the date of service," why not download the most current copy from the Court?  Go to "Reports" in CM-ECF; click "Master Mailing List (Matrix); and under your "File" menu, name the file as you please with the "save as" command.  The date and time of the download will appear in the upper left corner of the matrix.