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COVID-19 – CHANGES TO 341 MEETINGS

NEW PROCEDURES FOR 341 HEARINGS FOR CHAPTER 7 TRUSTEE – KAREN EVANGELISTA

Beginning October 14, 2020, all scheduled 341 hearings will be conducted via Zoom Videoconference.

Although taking place in a virtual environment, participants should dress and conduct themselves as though they are appearing for any court-related proceeding.  Attorneys should instruct clients similarly.  All meetings will be recorded.

In order to participate by video, a person must create a free Zoom account at www.zoom.us. When creating a Zoom account, the person should use his or her FIRST AND LAST NAME.  

Directions for the Zoom teleconference are below.

A unique meeting code with a connect link (and other alternative methods of access) will be assigned for each hour in which you have hearings scheduled. That meeting information can then be shared with your debtor client to allow for their participation in the meeting.

Creditors wishing to attend the meeting – Email Trustee Evangelista’s assistant (abrewer1304@yahoo.com) at least five days prior to the scheduled meeting to receive the Zoom Invitation.

Zoom conferencing provides for individual meetings with a “waiting room” feature which allows our office flexibility on start and stop times. The separate code for attorneys by hour allows us to identify who is in the waiting room.

The meeting code for the hearing will be sent to Debtor’s counsel or Debtor participating without counsel five days before the 341 meeting of creditors.

If you have any questions regarding this new procedure, please contact Ann Brewer at abrewer1304@yahoo.com for more information.

Directions for Zoom meetings

Connecting with video using a smartphone:

  • Click on the link “Join Zoom Meeting” from the invite email.
  • If you do not have the Zoom app downloaded, it will ask that you download it first.
  • You will see a screen that says “Waiting for the host to start this meeting”.
  • Once our office starts the meeting, your app will prompt you for your name.
  • You will see a screen that says “Please wait, the meeting host will let you in soon”
  • Once our office admits you to the meeting, you will need to start video and audio.
  • Click on Start Video.
  • Click on Call by device audio and give Zoom permission.

Connecting with video using a laptop:

  • Click on the link “Join Zoom Meeting” from the invite email.
  • If you do not have the Zoom app downloaded, it will ask that you download it first.
  • Select Open Zoom Meetings.
  • A popup box will open that says “Please wait for the host to start this meeting”.
  • Once our office starts the meeting, a popup box will open.
  • Select “Join with video”.
  • A popup box will open with a QR Code – this is the waiting room.
  • Once we admit you to the meeting, a popup box will open.
  • Select “Join with computer audio”.

Debtors should participate by video if possible.  If you cannot use Zoom video, the Zoom Invitation will also include a telephone number that you can call to participate.  Please mute your phone upon joining as other meetings will be heard at the scheduled time (press *6 to mute/umute your line).

Contact Trustee Evangelista’s assistant, Ann Brewer, if you would like to schedule a test meeting.

abrewer1304@yahoo.com

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