NOTICE REGARDING COMMENT PERIOD CONCERNING CHAPTER 13 PLAN FORM. Comments due by September 15, 2017.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE BAR AND PUBLIC:
THIRTY DAY NOTICE AND PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD
CONCERNING CHAPTER 13 PLAN FORM

A proposed amendment to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3015 requires the use of a national chapter 13 plan form unless a district adopts a local plan form that meets the requirements of new proposed Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3015.1.  The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma has determined that it will opt out of the national chapter 13 plan form. After considering input from the Chapter 13 Trustees for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma, the Judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma have approved for publication, for a thirty-day public comment period, a draft mandatory Chapter 13 Plan (the “Chapter 13 Plan”), a copy of which accompanies this notice. Both the Northern and Eastern Districts of Oklahoma are opting out of the national chapter 13 plan form and adopting the Chapter 13 Plan.

The anticipated effective date of amended rule 3015 and new rule 3015.1 is December 1, 2017, which will also serve as the effective date to begin use of the Chapter 13 Plan in Northern District of Oklahoma. In all cases filed after December 1, 2017, use of the new Chapter 13 Plan will be mandatory.

Comments regarding the Chapter 13 Plan may be submitted on or before September 15, 2017, to chapter13plan@oknb.uscourts.gov. In the alternative, comments may be mailed to:

Michael L. Williams, Clerk
United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
224 South Boulder Avenue, Suite 105
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103

Each comment must identify the specific text or provision being addressed and be accompanied by any supporting documentation.

The proposed chapter 13 plan form is subject to further modification prior to final approval as a result of timely public comments and further judicial review.

                            Michael L. Williams
                            Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court