If you do not have an
attorney, and you are filing or involved in a bankruptcy case in the
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky, you may
get information about the overall bankruptcy process and general
filing requirements by viewing the contents of this website and/or from
Guide to Filing Bankruptcy without an Attorney.
The staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk's office provides a
variety of services; however they are not permitted to assist with
the preparation of the voluntary petition, schedules, or other
documents, nor can they provide legal advice.
Please be advised that the Court does
not accept inquiries, document filing or other correspondence by
email. All inquiries must be made by phone during normal
business hours or by written request by mail with a postage-paid
envelope included. Unless prior permission is received to file
by fax or filer is a registered ECF user, all documents must be in
paper format and sent by mail or presented in person at the
Bankruptcy Clerk's Office in Louisville.
While the information
presented below is accurate as of the date of publication, it should not
be cited or relied upon as legal authority. It is highly recommended
that legal advice be obtained from a bankruptcy attorney or legal
association. For filing requirements, please refer to the
States Bankruptcy Code (Title 11, United States Code), the
Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (Bankruptcy Rules), the
Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western
District of Kentucky and at the
U.S. Courts website at
The Court maintains a
list of Bankruptcy
Petition Preparers that have been barred from preparing petitions
for filing in the Western District of Kentucky.
It is highly
recommended that you also view the
FAQ area of
this website to obtain a clearer view of the bankruptcy process and
court requirements, including the FAQ section
for parties filing without an attorney.
For a list of
bankruptcy attorneys who provide services pro bono (without
charge), visit the
American Bar Association.
For information concerning the eligibility for discharge
based on the time period between case filings,
view this chart. For all
calculations of eligibility for discharge, please contact an
attorney; the Clerk's Office staff cannot tell you whether you
will be eligible for a discharge if you file a new case.
Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (DeBN):
DeBN is a free email delivery
service of certain notices/orders for debtor(s).
Click here for more
Bankruptcy Cases and Credit Reports:
The Court does not report information to credit reporting
agencies and has no jurisdiction over these agencies. The Court
cannot alter any information on a credit report or direct the
credit reporting agency to do so. You must contact credit
reporting agencies directly regarding these inquiries. More
information is available on the Court's
Bankruptcy Cases and Credit Reports
The Federal Judicial
Center has released a 30 minute video series which provides an overview
of the different types of bankruptcy and related filing procedures. The
program is divided into eight short segments for desktop viewing at convenient