LBR 1015-1. CONSOLIDATION AND JOINT ADMINISTRATION

LBR 1015-1. CONSOLIDATION AND JOINT ADMINISTRATION

(a) Joint Cases. A joint case commenced for spouses by the filing of a single petition under 11 U.S.C. § 302(a) will be deemed substantively consolidated unless the court orders otherwise.
(b) Joint Administration of Cases Pending in the Same Court.
(1) If 2 or more cases are pending before the same judge, an order of joint
administration may be entered, without notice and an opportunity for hearing, upon
the filing of a motion for joint administration pursuant to FRBP 1015, supported
by a declaration establishing that the joint administration of the cases is warranted,
will ease the administrative burden for the court and the parties, and will protect
creditors of the different estates against potential conflicts of interest.
(2) An order for joint administration under this rule may be reconsidered upon motion
by a party in interest after notice and a hearing.
(3) An order of joint administration under this rule is for procedural purposes only and
shall not effect a substantive consolidation of the respective debtors’ estates.
(c) Joint Administration/Substantive Consolidation. A motion for joint administration or for substantive consolidation must include a motion under LBR 1073-1 to transfer the assignment of the cases to be jointly administered or substantively consolidated if those cases are not all assigned to one judge.
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