Where is the Bankruptcy Court?

: Reese Baker & Associates

  Filed under: Filing bankruptcy

Bankruptcy falls under Federal law instead of the state you live in. So you will go to the federal court in your district. The federal court system is divided into judicial districts there will be at least one judicial district is in each state.

You can file in whichever district:

  • where you live and maintain a home, even if you live someplace else temporarily
  • where you have lived for at least 180 days before you file
  • where your business is located
  • where most of your business assets are located

Most bankruptcy filers will choose to file in the district where they have been living for the last 180 days. You can find the federal bankruptcy court in your state by going to www.bankruptcydata.com.

If your state has more than one district, you can call the court in the nearest large city near you and ask which court you should file in.


Most bankruptcy courts operate the same way throughout the United States. Each bankruptcy court has its own set of requirements for your bankruptcy paperwork. Before you file your paperwork, contact the court and ask about the specific requirements in filling out your forms.
You can usually find the information at www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks to find your court’s website.

You can also find the information about what the fees are to file your bankruptcy paperwork and what forms you will need on the website.

Contacting a McAllen bankruptcy lawyer will give you the peace of mind knowing you are getting the experience and knowledge you need. An attorney can save you money and possibly save your home and possessions by filling out the paperwork correctly.