Douglas W. Neway,
Chapter 13 Standing Trustee
Middle District of Florida - Jacksonville Division









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Payment Procedures
  • Cashier’s checks or Money orders should be made payable to

    Douglas W. Neway, Chapter 13 Trustee  and sent to           
    P.O. Box 2079                                                               
    Memphis, TN 38101-2079. 

    Your name and case number must appear on the payment.  Payment coupons will not be provided to you.  The Chapter 13 Trustee’s office is not moving – only the payments will be processed in Memphis. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING TAX RETURNS AND TAX REFUNDS

      All debtors are required to provide a copy of your entire annual tax forms and any tax refund you receive to the Chapter 13 Trustee no later than April 30. This is an annual requirement while you are in bankruptcy. Pursuant to the bankruptcy code, you are required to fund your confirmed Chapter 13 plan with all of your disposable income. Your tax refund is deemed additional disposable income and will be distributed to the unsecured creditors in your case.

      The tax refund will not be used against your monthly payment that is due; it is in addition to your monthly payment.

      If you, or your attorney, can demonstrate that all or a portion of the tax refund is not additional disposable income, please do so in writing and attach any documentation to evidence your position. Any requests to keep the tax refund will not be considered unless the tax return is provided and if the refund is received, it also must be turned over while a determination on your request is being considered. If your request is approved, a trustee check will be issued for the refund.

      In preparing your tax forms, you should not: (1) have your refund “Directly Deposited” to your account or incur any fees associated with receiving your tax refund, or (2) obtain your tax refund through “Refund Anticipation Loan” (RAL) or “Rapid Refund” or (3) apply the refund to the following years tax liability. Refund Loans are considered incurring new debt and are not allowed without express consent from our office or the bankruptcy court. We expect to receive the entire refund as shown on your tax return.

      The tax forms and tax refund are to be provided on or before April 30th of each year (please notify us (by email, fax or mail as noted below) if you have extended your tax return). Failure to submit Tax Forms and/or Refund may result in your case being Modified or Dismissed.

             - The Tax Forms must be sent to our offices by immediately forwarding them to your attorney for submission to our office through our secure portal. Please do not send tax forms with your payments, or to the payment address.

             - The Tax Refunds from the IRS check should be endorsed on back to Douglas W. Neway, Trustee and sent to the payment address at P.O. Box 2079, Memphis, TN 38101-2079. Be sure to write your case number on the refund check to insure proper application to your case.

 


  • Procedures for Communicating with Trustee's Office

  • Debtor Communication

    Debtor phone calls are received between the hours of 1:30p-3:30p. The Trustee’s office is unable to provide legal advice and will only be able to provide accounting information relative to your case. If you are represented by an Attorney please contact them for any information that does not pertain to receipts and disbursements. Access to this same information can be obtained by the debtors at no cost at the National Data Center. To begin, navigate to www.ndc.org and locate the box that asks for User Name and Password.

    It is the Trustee’s policy that no debtors will be seen in the office without an appointment.  If you are represented by an attorney, the Trustee, or his representatives, will only meet with you if your attorney is also present.  If you are representing yourself, please contact (904)358-6465 to make an appointment. The Trustee and his representatives will do their best to see you in a timely manner but an appointment will be required at all times, for any matters you wish to discuss.

    Creditor Communication

    Creditor inquiries are only accepted via fax or email. Every effort is made to reply to requests within 48 hours.

    Fax (904) 634-0038

    Email creditors@ch13jaxfl.com

     

     

    Best Practices for Mortgage Lenders and Servicers (PDF version)
    • Best Practices for Mortgage Lenders and Servicers

      The NACTT Mortgage Committee is comprised of Chapter 13 trustees, mortgage servicers, mortgagees and creditors' counsel. The committee's mission is to foster communication between the parties, resolve differences and to recommend best practices of conduct for all stakeholders. Our goal is to improve the bankruptcy system. Although the committee recommends the practices set forth below, we recognize that there may be other acceptable procedures, Therefore, we remain open to further discussion and review.

      If servicers/mortgagees include a flat fee cost in the proof of claim for review of the Chapter 13 plan prior to confirmation and for the preparation of the proof of claim, it should be reasonable and fairly reflect the attorney's fee incurred.

      If Servicers/mortgagees include attorney fees for pursuing relief from stay, such fees should be clearly identified as well as how such fees are to be paid in any agreed order resolving a Motion for Relief from Stay or any other matter before the court.

      Servicers/mortgagees should analyze the loan for escrow changes upon the filing of a bankruptcy case and each year thereafter. A copy of the escrow analysis should be provided to the debtor and filed with the Bankruptcy Court by the servicers/mortgagee or their representative each year.

      Servicers/mortgagees should not include any pre petition cost or fees or pre petition negative escrow in any post petition escrow analysis. These amounts should be included in the prepetiton claim amount unless the payment of such fee or cost was actually made by the servicer.

      Servicers/mortgagees should attach a statement to a formal notice of payment change outlining all post petition contractual costs and fees not previously approved by the court and due and owing since the prior escrow analysis or date of filing whichever is later. This statement need not contain fees, costs, charges and expenses that are awarded or approved by the Bankruptcy Court order. In absence of any objection or challenge to such fees, the trustee should take appropriate steps to cause such fees to be paid as part of Debtor's Chapter 13 plan.

      Servicers/mortgagees should supply and maintain a contact for debtor's counsel and trustee's for the purpose of restructuring, modifying a mortgage, or other loss mitigation assistance including a short sale or deed in lieu of foreclosure. The contact should be an individual or group with the ability to implement or assess with objective criteria a loss mitigation modification after filing of a chapter 13 petition with the goal of keeping the Debtor in the house and the success of the bankruptcy.

      Mortgage servicers should provide a dedicated phone line and contact for Chapter 13 Trustee inquiry use only.2

      Mortgage servicers should monitor post petition payments. If the mortgage is paid post petition current then the servicers/mortgagees should not seek to recover late fees. No late fees should be recovered or demanded for systemic delay but should be limited to actual debtor default.

      Pre petition payments should be tracked  as applied to pre petition arrears, post petition payments should be tracked as applied to post petition ongoing mortgage payments.

      Servicers/mortgagees should file a notice and reason of any payment change with the court and provide same to the Debtor

      Servicers are required to file with court a notice of any protective advances made in reference to a mortgage claim, such as non escrow insurance premiums or taxes. Such notice should be provided to the debtors and filed with the court.

      Servicers/mortgagees should review the Trustee web site or NDC for payment discrepancies with their system prior to the filing of a Motion for Relief from Stay in Trustee pay jurisdictions.

      Servicers/mortgagees should review the Trustee web site or NDC at the close or discharge of the bankruptcy for payment discrepancies with their system in Trustee pay jurisdictions.

      Servicers/mortgagees should clearly identify if the loan is an escrowed or escrowed loan and break out the monthly payment consisting of Principal, Interest, Escrow and PMI components.

      Servicers/mortgagees should identify nontraditional mortgage loans in their proof of claims. Loans with options should identify on the proof of claim the type of loan as well as the various contractual payment options available during the bankruptcy to the borrower/Debtor.

      Trustees should initiate a communication with mortgage servicers when questions arise in a review of a post petition escrow analysis.

      United States Trustees and Trustee Education Network should modify the requirements of the financial management class regarding adjustable rate mortgages, the calculation of mortgage escrows and, in particular, the potential of increased mortgage payments resulting from increased taxes, interest rate hikes and/or mortgage premiums.

      Trustee voucher checks, check stubs or vouchers provided with any other form of payment contain the following information, except to the extent prevented from doing so by local rule:

      1. The Name of the debtor and case number

      2. The trustee's claim number

      3. The mortgagee's account number (to the extent provided on the proof of claim)

      4. If the mortgagee account number is not available, e.g. not contained on the proof of claim, at least one other piece of identifying information e.g., property address

      5. The amount of the payment

      6. Whether the payment is for the ongoing mortgage payment or the mortgage arrearage

      7. If for the mortgage arrears, the balance owing on the arrears claim after application of the payment

      8. If the trustee has set up a separate claim for post-petition charges of the mortgagee, that the voucher clearly identify that fact

      9. If any portion of the payment on arrears is intended to pay interest on the mortgage arrears, the amount of that interest portion of the payment

      10. If the mortgage is to be paid off during the bankruptcy under the confirmed plan through payments by the trustee, e.g., a total debt claim, the portions of each payment which represent principal and interest, and the balance owing on the claim after application of the payment There is a movement among servicers to redact all but the last four numbers of the mortgagors' loan numbers on proofs of claim, because those claims are public records. While mortgage servicers in general want as much information as possible on the vouchers, the mortgage servicers on the Working Group felt that if the voucher had the bankruptcy case number, the name of the debtor and the redacted loan number from their filed claim, they would be able to post the payment. Using the account number to the extent provided in a filed proof of claim also insures that trustees are not disclosing information on their website that is not already disclosed in the public record.

      Voucher Narrative re Payments: The Working Group places particular emphasis on No. 6 above. The voucher should identify if a payment is for the regular mortgage payment or for the mortgage arrearage in consistent language. While Chapter 13 trustee disbursement applications focus on the claims to be paid, mortgage servicer computer systems focus on their mortgagor account number. Posting of receipts, whether or not the account is in bankruptcy, is typically handled by a Cash Processing group or department of the mortgage servicer. Those departments focus on the account number on the voucher and the narrative on the voucher for that account number to determine if the payment is for the regular mortgage payment or the mortgage arrearage.

      Mortgage Arrearage Claims: When filing their initial proofs of claim, mortgage servicers should state their mortgage arrearage up to the date of the filing date of the bankruptcy petition, unless the plan or trustee indicates otherwise, or local rule provides otherwise. The Chapter 13 Trustee will use the mortgage arrearage claim to set up the arrearage balance on the claim, which in turn will show up as the "balance" on the voucher check, absent objection to the claim.

       

     

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