Do I have to file bankruptcy in the county I live in? 31 Answers as of June 13, 2012

To file bankruptcy, must you file in the county you live in?

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Stuart Jon Bierman  Attorney at Law
Stuart Jon Bierman Attorney at Law | Stuart Jon Bierman
In general, you file in the bankruptcy court District, not the county, in which you live. For example, in NJ, there are three (3) districts: Newark for northern NJ residents, Trenton for central residents, and Camden for southern residents.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 6/13/2012
Debt Crushers
Debt Crushers | Emily Chase Smith
Great question. Yes, you file based upon where you now live, however, if you've recently moved, your lawyer may need to use the laws of the state you relocated from. The idea behind this rule is so that people don't move to more borrower friendly states for the purpose of filing bankruptcy. Hopefully your case will be ruled by the laws of a bankruptcy friendly state! E
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/13/2012
Law Office of Pho Ethan Tran PLLC
Law Office of Pho Ethan Tran PLLC | Pho Ethan Tran
Yes. You must file your petition with the court that has jurisdiction over your place of residence.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/12/2012
The Smalley Law Firm, LLC | Cary Smalley
Bankruptcy is filed in the federal judicial district for which you have lived in the 180 days immediately prior to filing, or if you have not lived in the same district for the previous 180 days, then the district where you have lived the longest of the previous 180 days.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 6/12/2012
Olson Law Firm | Edward M Olson
The bankruptcy courts are a division of the United States District Courts. You file in the bankruptcy court for the district in which you live.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/12/2012
    Evan Guthrie Law Firm
    Evan Guthrie Law Firm | Evan Guthrie
    Bankruptcy is filed in federal court and can be filed in the district you live in.
    Answer Applies to: South Carolina
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Law Office of Susan G. Taylor
    Law Office of Susan G. Taylor | Susan G. Taylor
    Yes, more than likely. The chapter 7 trustee who represents the creditors needs access to county records, etc., & might even drive by your home to search for assets.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Law Office of Jeffrey Solomon
    Law Office of Jeffrey Solomon | Jeffrey Solomon
    Yes, you need to file in the county of residence. If you just moved to another state, you may have another option if moved within the last 90 days, but basically you need to file where you reside.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier
    Law Office of Kristen Allard Shier | Kristen Allard Shier
    In Colorado, there is only one bankruptcy district and everyone who files bankruptcy in Colorado files their case in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. However, after your case is filed, your chapter 7 or chapter 13 trustee assignment is based upon the county in which you live.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A.
    Law Office of D.L. Drain, P.A. | Diane L. Drain
    Yes, but understand that bankruptcy is a very complicated process. It is wise to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney before deciding to take this important step. Most Arizona bankruptcy attorneys offer a free consultation about the basics of bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    The county that you live in may define where you file but it does not mean the court will be in that county. A federal bankruptcy court encompasses many counties unlike state courts.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Norman Linder Hull, P.A. | Norman L. Hull
    You must file bankruptcy in the district in which you have your domicile (permanent residence) or in which you have the majority of your assets.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Debt Relief Law Center | Roger J. Bus
    In Michigan, you file bankruptcy in the "District" where you reside (Michigan has two Districts- Eastern and Western)- and you must have lived there in that District for more than 3 months. .
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    The Needleman Law Office | Scott Needleman
    No you file in the Federal District in which your reside. If you live in Franklin county and surrounding counties, you will be filing in the Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division. Or you may be in the Northern District if your county is Richmond County or above.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    You have to file in the county you reside or in order to file in a different county, then you have to have substantial assets in that county, such as a home.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
    Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
    You must file in your federal district.
    Answer Applies to: Indiana
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    The proper bankruptcy venue is generally determined by where you reside.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Alvin Lundgren | Alvin Lundgren
    In Utah there is only one bankruptcy court, which is in Salt Lake City, Utah. That is where the bankruptcy documents are filed. After filing the court will schedule a "meeting of creditors" under the direction of a trustee. The trustee will conduct the meeting reasonably close to where you are.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A
    R. Jason de Groot, P.A | R. Jason de Groot
    Bankruptcy is a Federal matter and you would file in the Federal Bankruptcy Court nearest to you. It is not a State court in your county. So, you do not file bankruptcy at the county courthouse. Find out more by reading the pamphlet at my website or by reading general information about bankruptcy on the internet. Florida has three Federal districts, the north, middle, and south.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    You generally must file in the area where you live. The only exception is if you have to move due to domestic violence or you have not lived here for 6 months.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Weber & Phillips, P.A.
    Weber & Phillips, P.A. | John G. Phillips
    You have to file bankruptcy in the appropriate division of the Federal Bankruptcy Court. That may, or may not, be the County in which you live.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Attorney At Law | Harry D. Roth
    Bankruptcy is filed in the federal court district in which you live. Your county will be part of that district, but the local county court has nothing to do with bankruptcy. You have to file in the federal court district where you live. California has 4 districts: the Southern District, which is San Diego and Imperial Counties; Central District, which is the rest of southern California up to San Luis Obispo County and Inyo County; The Northern District, which is the rest of coastal California, from Monterey to the Oregon border; and the Eastern District, which is the central valley and the mountains, from Bakersfield to the Oregon border.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    You have in the division you live in. Access your local court's web page. There should be a zip code search which will tell you where to file. Bankruptcy is federal, so they don't care about county lines.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    The proper venue, that is, the place to file, is in the court for the county you reside, do business in or own property. The time period that applies is wherever you have been for the majority of the previous 180 days before filing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    You are required to file in the county of your residence.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Law Offices of Diann C. Moseley | Diann Moseley
    No. You file in the federal bankruptcy court which has jurisdiction over the federal district, not county, where you live. There are 94 federal bankruptcy courts in the U.S. If you reside in Washington, DC there is only one bankruptcy court where you can file for bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: District of Columbia
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
    Yes, you must file in the district (county) you have resided in for the past 180 days.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu
    The Law Offices of Kristy Qiu | Mengjun Qiu
    Yes, but if you have moved recently from another state, the applicable law might be that of the prior state, depending on how long ago you moved. But you have to file it in the county of your current residence, even if you just moved there last week.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/12/2012
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    Yes, unless you live in one county and your assets are in another county.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/12/2012
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