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Application for Compensation

This portion of the manual demonstrates the steps necessary to file an Application for Compensation in CM/ECF.  For a detailed step by step process, begin with the Application for Compensation Training Module and then view Steps 1 – 17 of this manual.

STEP 1: Click on the ‘Bankruptcy’ link at the top of the CM/ECF menu bar.

STEP 2: The ‘Bankruptcy Events’ menu displays, click on ‘Motions/Applications’

STEP 3: The Case Number Screen will appear, click in the text box and type the appropriate case number. Click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 4: Available Events Screen 
On this screen you will be prompted to select your event. You can do this in two ways:

Click on the events menu arrows to scroll through the available options. Select ‘Compensation’ to select this motion.  Click ‘Next’ to continue, or click in the text box above the events menu and begin typing the event name ‘Compensation’ in the box. This narrows the menu. Once ‘Compensation’ is visible, select ‘Compensation’ from the events menu by clicking on it within the events menu. You can select more than one event by holding down the control key and clicking on multiple events.

Click ‘Next’ to continue.

NOTE: Any event you select will show up in the 'Selected Events' window to the right. Also, click on an event within this 'Selected Events' window to remove it.

STEP 5: Joint Filing Screen
In this window, you are prompted to indicate whether this is a joint filing or not. If this is a joint filing, click in the checkbox available and then click ‘Next’ to continue.  If this is not a joint filing, click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 6: Select the Party Screen
Scroll through the list of parties. If your party is found, highlight the name by clicking on it. Click ‘Next’ to continue. Go to step 9.

If the name of your party is not found, click ‘Create New Party.’  Go to step 7.

STEP 7: New Party Information Screen
Enter the information for the party by clicking in each text box and typing the appropriate information. Please include the party's:

First Name
Last Name
Mailing Address (Start with Address Line 1)
E-mail (If available)
Role (debtor, creditor, etc.)
Party Text (If necessary)

Corporate/Parent Affiliate: If the party has a corporate or parent affiliate, click the ‘Corporate/Parent Affiliate’ button. Type in the party’s corporate or parent business name and click ‘Submit.’

NOTE: A pop up window will appear notifying you of each section that has not been filled in or completed. Click ‘Okay’ to continue.

Click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 8: Additional screens may appear at this time. If this occurs, click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 9: If this is the first time your party is filing in this case, a checkbox will appear to create the association between attorney and client. Check the box and click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 10: PDF Upload Screen
On this screen, you will be uploading your application for compensation to the CM/ECF database.

CM/ECF only accepts documents saved as PDFs. For information on converting Word or WordPerfect files to PDF, visit Technical Tips.

CM/ECF can support up to 50 MB per file.

Click ‘Choose File’ to open the browse pop-up window.

Find your application in the browsing pop-up window.

Click on the application to select it.

Click ‘Open’ to select the application.

You must attach your proposed order to your application. Click the ‘Yes’ radio button located directly below the ‘Choose File’ button to indicate you are attaching a document.

Click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 11:  Attached Files Upload Screen
If you selected ‘Yes’ to attachments, you will now be prompted to upload the proposed order you wish to attach to your application.

Click the ‘Choose File’ button to open the browse pop-up window.

Find your additional file in the browsing pop-up window.

Click on the additional file to select it.

Click ‘Open’ to upload the additional file.

You must now select a Category and/or type a Description of the additional file. You may complete one field or both fields. HOWEVER, you cannot leave both fields blank.

Category: Click the ‘Category’ drop down arrow to reveal the list of options. Select ‘Proposed Order’

Description: Click in the ‘Description’ text box and type a description of the additional file.

Click the ‘Add to List’ button once you have completed the Category and/or Description fields.

Repeat this process for each additional document you wish to file with your application.

Click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 12: A blank ‘Next’ screen may appear at this time. If this occurs, click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 13: The Fee & Expense Screen
1. 1st Filer Checkbox: Unselect this checkbox if the attorney filing the application is not the applicant wishing to be compensated. 

2. Type: Click on the drop down arrow to reveal the list of options. Choose the appropriate role for the filing.

3. Date Range: Enter the date range of the application as appropriate.

4. Enter the dollar amounts sought in your application.

5. Complete the second row of applicant fee information text boxes, if applicable.


6. Click ‘Next’ to continue.

STEP 14: Enhance Docket Text Screen
You will now have the opportunity to enhance the docket text. To enhance the text, click on the drop down arrow to view the available options. If appropriate, click on an option to select it.

You can also enhance the docket text by clicking on the text box and typing in any additional information.

Click 'Next' to continue.

STEP 15: The final docket text will appear. Verify that it is correct and click 'Next' to continue.

STEP 16: At this time, the Notice of Electronic Filing Screen with the docket entry number will be displayed.

NOTE: The proposed order must be uploaded in addition to being attached, and an application for compensation MUST have a notice of opportunity to object filed as a SEPARATE entry.  Please see those sections of the manual for instructions.