Why is my attorney requesting 6 months’ pay stubs for months after filing chapter 7? 6 Answers as of August 22, 2016

I paid attorney up front for chapter 7 in December 2015. After months of having my calls avoided, I still have not received a court date. When I finally reached him, he said new laws require my husband and I to submit 6 month worth paystubs after the date we filed. We also completed credit course and attorney received certificate for our credit counseling completion in January and we still have to court cases.

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Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
There have been no changes to the bankruptcy law since 2005, so if your attorney says there are new laws it's an excuse because he messed something up. In my district, a court date is automatically assigned the day after filing. Even before it was computerized the court date was assigned within 3 days of filing. Are you sure that your case has even been filed? Go to PACER (google it) and check if your case is listed. Counseling certificates are good for six months. If you got yours in January, it expires in July so you need a new one.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 8/22/2016
Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
You need to ask your attorney why they need paystubs for after the filing date. However, it does not sound like the petition has even been filed yet.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/11/2016
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
As to the paystubs, many bankruptcy courts want them filed, and almost all BR lawyers ask for them before filing a case. This is not such a 'new' law, but it might be new to him. More to the point, it sounds like he has not yet filed your petition and started your case. Since your first credit counseling 'briefing' must be done within 180 days before you file, it might be stale by now. Your lawyer's delay seems unusual and suggests he doesn't know much about bankruptcy, or else he is overworked. I would get in touch with him and demand action. You might want to file a grievance against him with the Office of Lawyer Regulation (a unit of the Wisconsin Supreme Court). They accept complaints by telephone. The ground for complaint appears to be lack of diligence, possibly lack of competence, and possibly failure to communicate with you as needed.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 8/11/2016
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Your attorney is bullshitting you. The "new law" went into effect in *October 2005.* I sincerely doubt your case is filed. Demand a copy of the petition. If you don't get a copy file a complaint with the State Bar. Hearing dates are given immediately upon the filing of a petition.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/11/2016
A Fresh Start
A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
It is true that your attorney must provide the bankruptcy court with all of your wage records covering the past 6 months, but this is hardly a NEW requirement. This has been the requirement for the past 11 years. And it appears that your credit counseling certificate has now expired because it occurred more than 180 days ago. Sounds like your attorney has not done many bankruptcy cases in the past 11 years.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 8/11/2016
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