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F.A.Q. > Plan Payments > How do I make plan payments?

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There are several plan payment options available to debtors:

Wage Deduction

The success rate of individuals completing his or her bankruptcy case increases substantially where an amount equal to the plan payment is deducted from the individual’s paycheck as a payroll deduction.  If the debtors are wage earners, I will generally require the debtor’s employer to deduct plan payments from the debtor’s paycheck and forward these deductions to me as their Chapter 13 Trustee.  The debtor's income and budget are under the Trustee's supervision and the Court has issued an Order giving the Trustee the authority to issue a directive to remit funds to the debtors’ employer.  The directive is statutory and compliance is mandatory. 

Online Through Nationwide TFS

Wage deduction may not be an option for some debtors.  Only in unusual circumstances will I allow plan payments to be made by debtors directly in place of payroll deductions.  In such circumstances, online payment through Nationwide TFS is preferred.  For a fee comparable to the fee for a cashier's check or money order, a private company by the name of Nationwide TFS now provides an option for debtors to make their plan payments to the Trustee by electronic withdrawal directly from the debtors’ bank account.  Nationwide TFS is a private company that is not affiliated in any way with my office or me.  Neither myself nor my office share any fees paid to Nationwide TFS. 

Please review the following information regarding Nationwide TFS:

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Money Order or Cashier’s Check

Debtors that are unable to make plan payments online through Nationwide TFS may make their plan payments by money order or cashier's check.  Please be sure to include your name, and your Chapter 13 case number on the payment instrument.  Payments must be made payable to “Michael G. Malaier”.  Money orders and cashier’s checks must be mailed via USPS to our payment address below:

Michael G. Malaier, Trustee
P.O. Box 120
Memphis, TN 38101-0120

Once you send your payment to the Memphis payment address it takes approximately 3 to 5 business days before it is posted by our staff.  If you intend to mail a money order or cashier’s check to the payment address above, please note the following:

  • We DO NOT ACCEPT personal checks or cash.  If you send us an incorrect form of payment it will be returned to you.
  • We DO NOT ACCEPT payments at our Tacoma Washington office.  If you send your payment directly to our office it will be returned to you and your case may be considered delinquent. 
  • UPS and FedEX will not deliver to P.O. boxes.  You must use the United States Postal Service to mail money orders and cashier’s checks to the Memphis P.O. box.