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U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Washington
Western District of Washington

 
Hon. Brian D. Lynch, Chief Judge Mark L. Hatcher, Clerk of Court
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700 Stewart St., #6301
Seattle, WA 98101
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1717 Pacific Ave., Ste 2100
Tacoma, WA 98402
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Filing for bankruptcy
[last updated: 12/02/2014]

ATTENTION: PRO SE DEBTORS AND OTHER UNREPRESENTED PARTIES
During the course of a bankruptcy case or proceeding, bankruptcy court notices are mailed by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) on behalf of the court. The BNC, which is operated by a private contractor, provides notice production and mailing services for the court, but THE BNC IS NOT THE COURT.

DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS TO THE BNC
Documents related to a bankruptcy case or proceeding should be sent directly to the court.

FREE BANKRUPTCY LEGAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES

  • CENTS - Consumer Education and Training Services
  • NW Consumer Law Center
  • Washington LawHelp
  • Lawyer Referral Service
  • King County-Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • NW Justice Project's CLEAR
  • Volunteer Legal Services
  • Pierce County-Neighborhood Legal Clinic
  • Federal Bankruptcy Resources
  • NeighborWorks
  • PRIVACY AND ELECTRONIC COURT FILES

    Documents filed traditionally in paper, by mail or over the counter, are scanned by the Clerk's Office and become part of the electronic court file. Any PACER subscriber will be able to read, download, store and print the full content of electronically filed documents. The clerk's office will not make electronically available documents that have been sealed or otherwise restricted by court order.

    You should not include sensitive information in any document filed with the court unless such inclusion is necessary and useful to the case. You must remember that any personal information not otherwise protected will be made available over the Internet via PACER. The Judicial Conference’s privacy policy requires that certain personal data identifiers be removed from the case file or pleading whether it is filed traditionally or electronically:

    1) Social Security numbers should be listed with only the last four digits;
    2) Birth dates should contain only the year of birth;
    3) Individuals known to be minors should be referred to by initials only, and
    4) Financial account numbers should be listed with only the last four digits.

    REQUIRED FORMS AND FILINGS FEES

  • Documents Needed for Bankruptcy Filings
  • Bankruptcy Forms Packages
  • Debtor(s)Requirement to Provide List of Creditors
  • Filing Fees
  • SOURCES OF INFORMATION FOR COMPLETING REQUIRED FORMS

  • Information About Credit Counseling and Debtor Education
  • Approved Credit Counseling Agencies (Judicial District is WAW)
  • Census Bureau, IRS Data and Administrative Expenses Multipliers
  • Washington State Homestead Exemption
  • Poverty Guidelines for Chapter 7 fee waiver applications
  • WHERE DO I FILE?

    Where a debtor files depends on where the debtor resides or has its principal place of business or principal assets. There are two filing locations in the Western District of Washington. The counties and filing locations for the Western District of Washington are:

    Cases filed in Seattle: Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties. Cases filed in these counties may be brought to the court in person or mailed to:

    US Bankruptcy Court
    700 Stewart Street, #6301
    Seattle WA 98101

    Cases filed in Tacoma: Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston and Wahkiakum counties. . Cases filed in these counties may be brought to the court in person or mailed to:

    US Bankruptcy Court
    1717 Pacific Ave, Ste 2100
    Tacoma WA 98402

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