Notice: New minimum filing requirements will apply to bankruptcy cases filed on or after November 1, 2012. Click here for a summary of the changes.
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
Lawyer Referral Service
King County-Neighborhood Legal Clinic
NW Justice Project's CLEAR
Volunteer Legal Services
Pierce County-Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Federal Bankruptcy Resources
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.
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
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