Specifications for Submitting a List of Creditors

GENERAL INFORMATION

Pursuant to Fed.R.Bankr.P. 1007(a), the debtor shall file with the petition a complete list of creditors containing the name and address of each entity to be listed on Schedules D, E, F, G and H. Further guidance may be found in D.N.J. LBR 1007-1 Mailing List.

When a petition is filed electronically, the Court's electronic filing system requires Lists of Creditors to be uploaded in .txt format.  Accordingly, the List MUST be produced using the specifications noted below. 

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

1. Lists should be typed in a single column on the page.

2. Each block of name and address must consist of no more than five (5) total lines, with at least ONE BLANK LINE between blocks.  Be sure the address is deliverable.

3. Each line must NOT exceed 40 characters in length.

4. Do not use all caps.  Use both upper and lower case characters as appropriate.

5. Zip codes must be on the last line, along with the city and state. Use the standard 2 letter upper case abbreviations for states, e.g., NJ. 

7. Use 9 digit zip codes as much as possible. Use a hyphen for nine digit zip codes. Use only numbers for zip codes.

8. Do not include account numbers in the List of Creditors. 

9. Include "ATTN" information on the second line of the party's information.

10. Do not include the following parties on your List of Creditors:  debtor, joint debtor, attorney(s) for the debtor(s), U. S. Trustee, trustees.  They will automatically be included by CM/ECF.

11. Do not use the following symbols:

%  ` (this is a backward apostrophe)  !  #  $  ^  *  \  +  ~  [ ]  ( ) @ |

12. Use "ATTN:" instead of "c/o".

13. Use  "PO Box" instead of "P.O. Box"

14. Do not put any other information on the List of Creditors, such as heading, date, lines, page numbers, etc.  

15. Lists should be typed in one of the following fonts:

• Times New Roman

• Arial

• Verdana

EXAMPLE:

USA Company

ATTN: Michael Thomas

123 Any Street

Newark, NJ 07102-1033

 

Marks and Company

456 Main Street

Trenton, NJ 08608-2310

  

John Smith

1 Small Street

Camden, NJ 081010-3122

PAPER SUBMISSION

A paper copy of the complete List of Creditors must be submitted with all conventionally filed petitions.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION VIA CM/ECF (WITHOUT PETITION PREPARATION SOFTWARE)

Lists of Creditors prepared for electronic submission must be prepared in both PDF format (to be included in the petition PDF) and in TXT format. Take the steps below to save a document in TXT format in Microsoft Word and to upload the creditors in CM/ECF.

Microsoft Word 2016:

  • After the List of Creditors is completed, click FILE > SAVE AS
  • Browse to the drive/folder in which you are going to save the file
  • Enter the name of the file in the FILE NAME field, example: Jones List of Creditors
  • Click the pull down list for the SAVE AS TYPE field
  • Select PLAIN TEXT
  • Click SAVE
  • A File Conversion window displays. Select the OTHER ENCODING radio button, then select US-ASCII
  • Click OK

Uploading the List of Creditors in CM/ECF:

Click CREDITOR MAINTANENCE

Click UPLOAD LIST OF CREDITORS FILE

Enter CASE NUMBER, click NEXT

Click BROWSE and navigate to the drive/folder in which the TXT file was saved

The following confirming message will indicate how many creditors you are uploading:

Click SUBMIT to upload the creditors.

 

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION (WITH PETITION PREPARATION SOFTWARE)

Attorneys submitting a List of Creditors using petition preparation software should prepare the List of Creditors in accordance with the software vendor’s specifications. The List of Creditors must be uploaded using the petition software, AND a PDF version of the List Creditors must be included within the petition PDF file. Failure to comply with BOTH requirements will result in the matter being brought to the attention of the Court.