As a policy, my clients who file for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy are not charged for the second counseling course under the assumption that they will take the free version offered by Trustee Garcia’s office. This policy has been in place almost as long as the course has been offered (back when Trustee King’s office implemented it) because it is (1) free and (2) better – in my opinion – than the online versions of the course that are available out there.
Due to declining attendance, Trustee Garcia’s office is considering discontinuing the course in the near future. Although no final decision has been made yet, this is a possible and even likely scenario. Those of you who have already filed your Chapter 13 bankruptcy case (Chapter 7 debtors are ineligible for the free course) but not yet taken the second counseling course, please do so immediately, before the program is discontinued.
Some 2017 dates have been announced.
Oshkosh location (Chapter 13 office):
Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:00AM – 12 Noon
Monday, June 19, 2017 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Friday, August 18, 2017 8:00AM – 12 Noon
Thursday, October 12, 2017 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Monday, December 4, 2017 8:00AM – 12 Noon
Green Bay Location (NWTC):
Friday, January 13, 2017 8:00AM – 12 Noon CC 145
Monday, March 20, 2017 12 Noon – 4:00PM CC 145
- Point your browser to https://wcca.wicourts.gov/
- You’ll need to read the agreement and hit the “I Agree” button to proceed. You might also be prompted to pass a CAPTCHA test used to screen out data-mining robots.
- Documents requiring your signature. If I send you a document that needs to be signed, I need to have the original “wet” signature returned to me. That means either mailing it back or dropping it off in person. Unless you’re digitally signing a document using e-sign equipment in my office, all ink-signed documents should be returned to my office in actual paper and ink form. Note – most documents do not require your signature. I can take pay-stubs, tax returns, vehicle titles, real estate documents – all of this stuff electronically. But any special forms, affidavits – anything that needs to be filed directly with the bankruptcy court and requiring your signature – those items I need to get the originals back on.
- Photographs of Documents. Admittedly, this one isn’t so much a rule as it is an annoyance. The image quality of most cell phone pictures of documents I receive is not very good, and the image is distorted if the document is folded at all. Converting image files to PDFs that retain enough image quality to be readable by the Trustee is sometimes not possible. And even when it is, it’s enough of a hassle as to not be worth it. If you don’t have a scanner – that’s fine. Bring the document in to my office and let me scan it. There’s no charge for it, and I’ll have a clean, high quality image to send to the Trustee.