2014-1 Employment of Professionals

(a)   General Services for Trustee or Chapter 11 Debtor-in-Possession. A trustee or a chapter 11 debtor-in-possession may apply ex parte to employ a professional to perform general services on behalf of the estate.
 
(1)      The application shall include, in addition to the information required by FRBP 2014:
 
(i)       the petition date;
 
(ii)      the professional's qualifications;
 
(iii)     a statement that the professional is a disinterested person within the meaning of 11 U.S.C. §101(14); or a detailed disclosure of any connection that the professional has with the debtor, creditors, insiders or other parties in interest; and
 
(iv)    the terms on which the professional is to be compensated.
 
(2)      The application shall include the professional's affidavit or unsworn declaration under penalty of perjury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1746 that:
 
(i)       the professional has read the application, and that it is true and correct;
 
(ii)      either the professional has no connection with the debtor, creditors, insiders or other parties in interest, or a detailed description of all connections;
 
(iii)     the professional holds no interest adverse to the estate; and
 
(iv)    in addition to information to be included in the attorney disclosure form required by Local Rule 2016-2, a disclosure of any retainer the professional has received, the source of the retainer, and whether the retainer has been or will be drawn against for pre-petition services.
 
(3)      Upon filing the application, the applicant shall submit pursuant to Local Rule 9013-5 a proposed order. Orders employing counsel for chapter 11 debtors-in-possession shall conform to Local Form 4 and be signed by the professional and the debtor.
 
(4)      The applicant shall serve the application, affidavit and proposed order on the United States Trustee, all secured creditors, the twenty largest unsecured creditors, the United States Attorney, and all committees and their counsel.
 
(b)   Attorney Employed for Specific Purpose. A trustee, chapter 13 debtor or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession may apply ex parte to employ an attorney for a specific purpose pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §327(e) as provided in subsection (a) of this Local Rule. The applicant shall submit a proposed order pursuant to Local Rule 9013-5 identifying every matter for which the attorney is retained and the terms on which the attorney will request compensation.
 
(c)   Employment of Non-Attorney Professionals. A trustee, chapter 13 debtor or chapter 11 debtor-in-possession may apply ex parte to retain a professional who is not an attorney as provided in subsection (a) of this Local Rule. The applicant shall submit a proposed order pursuant to Local Rule 9013-5. Applications to employ an auctioneer or broker to sell property and proposed orders on these applications also should identify the property to be sold and the terms of the professional's compensation.