Notice Regarding Reduction in Attorney Fees

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
OAKLAND DIVISION

NOTICE REGARDING REDUCTION IN ATTORNEY FEES

TO:

FROM:


RE:

ALL CHAPTER 13 DEBTORS' ATTORNEYS

THE JUDGES OF THE UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT,
OAKLAND DIVISION

APPEARANCE AT MEETINGS OF CREDITORS / ATTORNEY FEES
Effective December 1,2010, failure by the debtor's attorney to appear at an initial meeting of creditors or continued meeting of creditors will result in an automatic reduction of $300 to the fee being paid to the debtor's attorney through the chapter 13 trustee's office.
Upon failure to appear by the attorney of record or an attorney authorized to appear specially, the chapter 13 trustee shall submit a declaration regarding the failure and an order authorizing the reduction in the attorney's fee for the signature of the court.
The chapter 13 trustee shall take into account emergency circumstances such as car accidents or sudden illness and may in her discretion refrain from submitting a declaration and order.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, any attorney may, at his or her option, contest the reduction by setting the matter for hearing in accordance with the rules of this court, on notice to the chapter 13 trustee and debtor. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the authority of the court to reduce fees in an amount other than $300, or impose other sanctions as the circumstances may warrant.
 
Dated: February, 2, 2012
    Roger L. Efremsky
Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge
M. Elaine Hammond
United States Bankruptcy Judge
William Lafferty
United States Bankruptcy Judge

[revised 2/2/2012]