29 Nov 2013

CaseLink Web – Cleaning Up Batch Fee Entries Helps You Get Paid for All Your Cases

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Cleaning Up Batch Fee Entries Helps You Get Paid for All Your Cases

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For each 341(a) case you hear, regardless if it’s a asset or no asset case, you receive $60 from the courts. The courts issue checks for several cases at a time with a single check listing all the cases to be paid. Oftentimes, the courts may miss to pay you for a few cases which can add up over the year. As the end of the year approaches, you will want to make sure you haven’t missed getting paid for any of your cases. With the sheer volume of bankruptcy cases submitted to the courts each year, some cases can easily slip through the cracks. This is why it is so important to keep track of of the Batch Fee payments by updating the date and date paid fields in CaseLink WebDon’t miss getting paid – clean up your batch fee entries now. Here’s how:

Step 1: Update Dates for Batch Fee Entries

Keep track of batch fee payments received and apply them to each individual case by searching for cases by Date Range, 341(a) Meeting Date, or by Paid Status. Check the box next to each case to mark as Fee Paid.  Then, go to the drop and-down and choose Update Cases as Fee Paid.

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The Fee Paid date is also displayed in the Dates Portlet on the Case Information page.

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Step 2: Note Informa Pauperis Cases to Justify Fees

Informa Pauperis Cases are cases that will not be paid, equivalent to assigned pro bono work.  Trustees may be assigned a certain number of hardship cases each year. These cases are unpaid but still need to be tracked in order to justify fees on a case. CaseLink Web can track these cases by marking them as IFP.  To designate a case as IFP, go to the Other Information portlet on the case page and check the box labeled IFP.

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Step 3: Search for Unpaid Cases

Find missed payments by using unpaid reports to assist you in petitioning the courts for missed funds. CaseLink Web  provides a simple tool to quickly update cases appearing in the payment voucher.

To locate missing payments go to Advanced Search and click on the Fees tab.  Choose to search by Fee Paid, Fee Not Paid and Informa Pauperis cases.  A case list matching the selected criteria will be displayed and can be exported to an Excel CSV file. The data in the CSV file can then be used to further research missing payments with the court.

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By following these steps, you can ensure accurate tracking and payments of your 341(a) cases. If you have any questions or concerns about the Batch Fee Entry, please contact the BMS Support Center (800-634-7734, ext. 6 or email) or contact your BMS Account Manager.

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