Survey of Federal Bankruptcy Districts Regarding Coronavirus Response Including the “Wet” Signature Requirement

Survey of Federal Bankruptcy Districts Regarding Coronavirus Response Including the “Wet” Signature Requirement

This week NACBA performed a survey of how different courts are addressing the coronavirus pandemic.  Every district’s website was examined for published orders or policies.  All orders regarding wet signatures are linked along with other orders regarding COVID-19 in an Excel spreadsheet.

At the last count, 42 jurisdictions had entered orders concerning the requirement for debtors’ counsel to obtain a “wet” signature from their clients before filing a bankruptcy.  More orders are being entered daily.

On March 26, 2020, NACBA presented a 1.5 hour webinar entitled The Coronavirus and Consumer Bankruptcy Practice.   The “wet” signature requirement was addressed along with several suggestions how to encourage your local court to adopt a policy.  The webinar also addressed practice issues like how to best work virtually, receive documents, attend court etc.

It is now ON DEMAND through the NACBA Store.
Cost: FREE for NACBA Members / $50 Non Member Go here:

On Monday March 30, 2020 NACBA will hold another webinar about the most recent legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday March 25, 2020:

Inside the Stimulus Package for Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern to 5:15 PM Eastern
Cost: FREE for NACBA Members / $50 Non Member
Presenters: Ed Boltz, Esq., Henry Sommer, Esq., John Rao Esq., Ike Shulman Esq., John Colwell, Esq., & James Haller, Esq.
Register HERE

The $2 trillion coronavirus bill has various provisions related to the consumer bankruptcy practice. The National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys worked extremely hard advocating behind the scenes (while maintaining a safe social distance) with House and Senate Judiciary Members and staff to get bankruptcy provisions passed in the current legislation S. 3548 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also known as the “CARES Act.”

Why You Should Attend: In order to fully represent current and future clients in today’s economic climate, Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys must be informed on the updated provisions to various areas of bankruptcy practice of law as related to the “CARES Act.”

To review and download a copy of the spreadsheet log in and the link is attached.


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