Welcome to the home page for the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee in Tacoma Washington. This website is designed to serve as a resource to the Chapter 13 community. Our office is committed to excellence and we strive to provide a high level of trust and service to the participants in the Tacoma/Vancouver areas.
Please browse through the various sections on this site and acquaint yourselves with our local practices, procedures and contact information. I particularly encourage you to review the section of frequently asked questions.
5/6/2015 - NOTICE TO DEBTORS
K. Michael Fitzgerald has been appointed as interim Trustee for all Chapter 13 cases filed at Tacoma and Vancouver in the Western District of Washington. This change does not affect your Chapter 13 Bankruptcy case. While your Trustee has changed, no other aspect of your case has. Your assigned case number will not change and this does not affect any scheduled court hearings that you may have. The time, date and location of all scheduled court hearings will remain the same.
Please continue to make regular plan payments as required by your Chapter 13 plan. If you are paying by money order or cashier’s check, please make payments payable to “Chapter 13 Trustee”. The payment address remains the same. If you have setup automatic payments through Nationwide TFS (tfsbillpay.com), payments will continue as scheduled, you do not need to take any action. If you are making plan payments through an employer wage deduction, you also do not need to take any action. For more information please visit our payments page.
Lastly, please do not contact the Trustee’s office in Seattle about your case. Your Chapter 13 Case is still administered by the Trustee’s office in Tacoma. If you need to write or call the Trustee regarding your case, please use the contact information located on this site.
While the Trustee's staff will do their best to assist you, please remember, neither the Trustee nor a member of his staff can give legal advice. You must contact your attorney if you feel any changes are needed to your plan. This and other types of legal advice can only be provided by your attorney.
3/1/2015 - NOTICE REGARDING CHAPTER 13 COLLECTION OF PERCENTAGE FEE
The U.S. Trustee Program has determined to change its position regarding the timing of the collection of the percentage fee. The current practice has been for the trustees to earn the percentage upon receipt of payment but collect it upon disbursement.
In January 2014, the EOUST advised the Trustees that as of October 1, 2014, all Trustees were to take the percentage fees at the time of the receipt, not at the time of disbursement. Due to a delay in the conversion of my system, these changes will be reflected in cases beginning March 1, 2015. Effective March 1, 2015 the fee will be collected from all funds on hand, and thereafter, on all payments received by the Standing Trustee under the plan at the time of receipt.
The change, while mainly a technology and computer system issue, will now allow the creditors, debtors and their attorneys to see the actual funds available for disbursement to creditors on our websites as the Trustee fees will have already been paid. This change will not increase the fees that a debtor will be paying over the course of the bankruptcy nor should it have any impact on the remainder of the administration of the case. However, as it is a substantial change in timing, I did want to make you aware of this issue.