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Bankruptcy: Home

This guide provides information about federal bankruptcy laws, procedures and rules.

About this Guide

This guide is intended to provide basic information about bankruptcy law. 



Bankruptcy cases are generally filed in U.S. Bankruptcy courts. The U.S. Trustee offers a court locator to help locate the correct court for the initial filing. In Ohio this is typically either:

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio, or

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio. 

Rules of Procedure

Information about U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

Procedural rules

U.S. Bankruptcy courts abide by procedural rules to determine the process for a case. These include:

For more information about which rules apply and under what circumstances see Rule 81of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and and Part VII of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.

Local Rules

Local rules

Bankruptcy courts also typically have local rules which apply to bankruptcy cases as well.

Bankruptcy Laws

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code is found in Title 11 of the United States Code.

U.S. Code Title 11

Information about Bankruptcy

Below you will find some basic information about bankruptcy laws, procedures and fees.

Bankruptcy for Military


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