Who can find out that I've filed for bankruptcy and why? 13 Answers as of September 21, 2015

I am 28 years old and I am thinking about filing for bankruptcy but I'm really embarrassed about it. If I file for bankruptcy, does that become public information? Who will be able to find out?

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Ronald K. Nims LLC | Ronald K. Nims
Bankruptcy is a public record. Anyone who looks in the court records can look it up.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 9/21/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Filing a bankruptcy is not a secret. Almost everything that happens in or in relation to courts in America is public. On the other hand, only your creditors get notice of the bankruptcy, and your employer if you file a chapter 13. So it is unlikely that your neighbor down the street, or your child's kindergarten teacher will find out. Don't be concerned about embarrassment keep you from doing what you need.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 9/16/2015
Paul Stuber, Attorney at Law
Paul Stuber, Attorney at Law | Paul Stuber
Yes it is public information. In some areas it is also published in the local paper. It will become a part of your credit report for anyone who checks. The law is that it can not be held against you after ten years has passed.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 9/16/2015
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
It is public information. Your creditors will know because they are notified. If anyone else wants to know they have to get a PACER account and specifically look you up. It is against the law now to publish or post "deadbeat" lists.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2015
Danville Law Group | Scott Jordan
Filing Bankruptcy is part of the public record. However, it is not usually published in the local newspaper. If someone chooses to do a background search, they would most likely find that you filed for bankruptcy. On the other hand, with very few exceptions, you cannot be discriminated against for merely having filed for bankruptcy protection. It is a constitutional right.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/16/2015
    Mauritz Van Niekerk, Attorneys at Law
    Mauritz Van Niekerk, Attorneys at Law | Christiaan van Niekerk
    It is public knowledge but mostly only the people that put your credit will know.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/16/2015
    Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
    Only the creditors are notified. However, it is a public record, so if someone looks for it they can find it.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/16/2015
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    Yes, everything is available online and bankruptcy filings are public information. But you have to know to look, you have to know where to look, and a sneaky peek is going to cost whoever does look some cash. Is it going to be posted on TMZ or social media? Sort of depends on how important you are in the online world. For most people, the only ones who know are those you tell, so never trust anyone with this information other than your creditors, who will, of course, have to know.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 9/16/2015
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C.
    Law Office of J. Thomas Black, P.C. | J. Thomas Black
    Yes, filing bankruptcy is public information. It can be reported on your credit reports for 10 years. And some employment applications ask if you have ever filed for bankruptcy. And anyone with an internet connection can go online to a service called Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) or similar services and access all of your bankruptcy documents, to see where you work, how much you earn, who you owe, and what you own. Personal identifying information is not accessible, however. If you have to do it, it's not something to be embarrassed about. About a million people in the U.S. file bankruptcy each year.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 9/16/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    Yes, it is public information and will be available to everyone, and noted on your credit reports. See an attorney and get counsel BEFORE you act. Bankruptcy is not for everyone, has consequences and you need to know the potential relief you will get prior to filing.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/16/2015
    Novakov & Associates, PLLC
    Novakov & Associates, PLLC | LINDA S. NOVAKOV
    All court documents are public records, with a few exceptions, however there are limited places to obtain that information. Unlike state court proceedings, bankruptcy court records are available on line via a subscription service called Pacer. These proceedings don't get published in the local newspapers and it is rare that the general public would be in a position to "find out."
    Answer Applies to: Kentucky
    Replied: 9/16/2015
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