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How to Find Bankruptcy Records in Florida

Filing for bankruptcy is the first step to help you in taking control of your financial life. But most are still unsure about what bankruptcy leads to, and how to go about it. So let's start with that.

What is Bankruptcy?

When we hear the term 'Bankrupt', we usually consider the literal meaning. But bankruptcy is a loose term and surprisingly very versatile. When a company or an individual declares bankruptcy, there are two common types:

  • Chapter 11

When a company or person suspends or reduces their payments temporarily, while also recognizing and coming up with a plan to repay any debts owed.

OR

 
  • Chapter 7

A chapter 7 filing involves a company or a person stating that they're unable to pay off existing debts and as a result must liquidate their assets.

In this situation, creditors often only recover a minor percentage of what the company or person declaring bankruptcy owes them.

In either of these scenarios, the company or individual know that they need to take a step back to figure out how they can go about their company. But now that they've declared bankruptcy, what happens next?

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The Process of Declaring Bankruptcy

When a company or an individual declares bankruptcy, it has to be done in a federal bankruptcy court. Bankruptcies are governed by federal law, which means there aren't any state bankruptcy courts. Some larger states have various federal courts each responsible for a particular area.

Bankruptcy filings are usually done in a court that covers the area they are headquartered or live in. Now that we know the process, is there a way to find bankruptcy records in a particular area?

How to Find Bankruptcy Records in Florida?

When filing for bankruptcy, one of the many things people consider is if they would lose what they own. To find which of your assets you can, or can't protect you need to take a look at Florida's exception list and the federal non-bankruptcy exemption list.

Federal bankruptcy courts maintain an alphabetical index listing the names of companies and individuals filing for bankruptcy, case numbers and more on a computer terminal. If anyone wants to access their bankruptcy court file, all they need to do:

  • Copy down the case number
  • Present it to a clerk
  • Fill out an order form

Few bankruptcy courts do not provide indexes online and instead use an electronic filing system called the Public Access to Court Electronic Records, or PACER.

Florida being a large state, it can be a little intimidating to find your nearest federal bankruptcy court. Florida has three federal bankruptcy courts. One of each in the North, Middle, and the South. Each of which has multiple web pages you can access for the multiple locations they service.

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You can find the required information for each of the districts below:

Nothern District of Florida

You can look for your district using the navigation bar.

  • Chief Judge - Karen K. Specie
  • Clerk of Court - Traci E. Abrams

Middle District of Florida

You can look for your district using the navigation bar.

  • Chief Judge - Carol E. Delano
  • Clerk of Court - Sheryl L. Loesch

Southern District of Florida

You can look for your district using the navigation bar.

  • Chief Judge - Laurel M. Isicoff
  • Clerk of Court - Joseph Falzone

Bankruptcy courts allow you to review your cases and download them by making court case records electronically available. You can either register and pay to view them on the PACER, or you could visit the court clerk's office and request to review them there.

If this information is helpful and you want to find out more, you can either visit the local federal bankruptcy court website or the clerk's office. Let us know if we have missed anything!

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