“Thus the best laid plans of mice and [attorneys] oft go astray.”
Because Judge Wayne Johnson of the Riverside, CA Bankruptcy Court knows this, he does his best to keep us on our toes. Of course, that’s a good thing. Attorneys who don’t stay on their toes will eventually wish they had.
He’s reviewed the local rules and procedures. He’s done a comparison of those with the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Bankruptcy Code and found them to be conflicting and confusing.
In his Guidelines for Chapter 13 cases, he’s done his best to resolve the conflicts in a way that will comply with the law and allow for maximum success for chapter 13 cases.
This article is in no way a substitute for reading Judge Johnson’s Guidelines. You must Read them if he is the judge assigned to your case.
Read Them Here: Judge Johnson’s Guidelines for Chapter 13 Cases
Deadlines is Deadlines. Miss a deadline and you’re dead, Judge Johnson will dismiss your case. Even simple ones such as turning in your tax returns and employment and income information at least 7 days prior to the hearing date.
In my office, my requirement is at most 7 days after the filing date. So, if you think his is bad, mine is worse. Besides, how could I prepare your case without your taxes and income information in the first place.