Where to File for Bankruptcy

The Federal Government handles bankruptcy cases, so you cannot file with state or county courts. You will have to file with the federal bankruptcy court in your district, which varies depending on where you live. Filing in the wrong court may result in your case being dismissed.

It is seldom advised to try and handle any legal proceeding without an attorney. The outcome of a bankruptcy case will affect you in more ways than one. When you file without an attorney, you run the risk of losing assets that could have been protected or being denied discharge.

Bankruptcy Attorney in Dallas County

Retaining legal counsel is the first step in a successful bankruptcy case. Linda Littlefield has been assisting consumers and business with bankruptcy for nearly 25 years. She is a trusted legal advocate who is well prepared to handle your case.

Littlefield Law Firm understands you are in a financial bind, which is why we strive to provide quality legal representation at a price that fits your budget. Take advantage of our free consultation and call (972) 812-0900. Littlefield Law Firm serves clients in Dallas County, Collin County, Rockwall County and Kaufman County.  


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Where Do I File for Bankruptcy in Texas?

Bankruptcy provides financial relief for individuals and business owners who are overcome with an immense amount of debt. The process is initiated when you file the necessary forms with the bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy court is not an entity of the state or county court system. Instead, the process goes through the federal court.

It’s vital a bankruptcy petition is filed in the correct court. As a general rule, you typically file where you lived or operated your business for the past 180 days. If you have not lived in one place for more than 180 days, you will have to file wherever you were for the majority of that time.

For instance, if you lived in Texas for five years, but moved to Louisiana one month ago and decide to file for bankruptcy, Texas will be the proper place to file since you lived there for the majority of the past 180 days.  

The bankruptcy clerk will accept your petition regardless of where you file. However, if you file with the wrong court, the trustee or creditors may ask the bankruptcy judge to dismiss or move your case. If the judge denies the request, the case will move forward in the court where you originally filed. 

Dallas residents seeking bankruptcy relief will likely have to file with one of the following courts:


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Northern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court 

One of the two federal courts serving Dallas and the surrounding area is the Bankruptcy Court of Northern District of Texas. This federal court is divided into seven bankruptcy division that serves nearly 100 Texas counties.

One of the seven district courthouses sits in downtown Dallas. Along with Dallas County, this bankruptcy court also processes cases for residents in the following counties: 

  • Kaufman
  • Rockwall
  • Ellis
  • Hunt
  • Johnson
  • Navarro 

The Dallas branch for the North District of Texas Bankruptcy Court is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except federal holidays. The court is located at:

Earle Cabell Federal Building

1100 Commerce St., Rm. 1254

Dallas, TX 75243 

In addition to the Dallas location, there is also a Texas Northern Bankruptcy Court in Fort Worth. The court is located at:

Eldon B. Mahon U.S. Courthouse

501 W. 10th St.

Fort Worth, TX 76102

The Fort Worth branch is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and serves the following counties: 

  • Comanche
  • Erath
  • Hood
  • Jack
  • Palo
  • Pinto
  • Parker
  • Tarrant
  • Wise

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Eastern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court

Some Dallas area residents may not be able to file for bankruptcy at the North District location. Depending on where they live, some residents may have to file with the Eastern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court.

One of the three bankruptcy courts is located in Plano. This location serves debtors in the following counties:

  • Collin
  • Cooke
  • Delta
  • Denton
  • Fannin
  • Grayson
  • Hopkins
  • Lamar 

The Plano branch of the Eastern District of Texas Bankruptcy court is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except on federal holidays. Bankruptcy proceedings will be held at the following location: 

660 Central Expressway

Suite 300B

Plano, TX 75074 


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How Much Does It Cost to File for Bankruptcy in Texas?

Bankruptcy allows qualifying debts to achieve a fresh financial start. But this financial peace comes at a price. You will have to pay a filing fee when you submit your bankruptcy petition to the federal court. How much you pay depends on various factors such as the bankruptcy chapter or if you are reopening a case. 

Listed below is a fee schedule for filing for bankruptcy in Texas:

Bankruptcy petition:

  • Chapter 13: $310
  • Chapter 7: $335

Reopen a case:

  • Chapter 13: $235
  • Chapter 7: $260 

It’s advised you retain legal counsel if you plan to file for bankruptcy. Many debtors will try to handle their case on their own because they do not want to pay attorney fees. Though an attorney is not required, you run a greater chance of getting your case approved by the court with legal counsel.


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Additional Resources

North District of Texas | United States Bankruptcy Court - Visit the official website of the North District of Texas Bankruptcy Court to find more information. You can access filing resources, bankruptcy forms, information about the judges and case information. You can also find local rules, general orders and other court locations.

Eastern District of Texas | United States Bankruptcy Court – Follow the link provided to find more information about the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Texas. You can find links to bankruptcy forms, local rules and general information about the court. You can also gain access to information about the judges and answers to frequently asked questions. 


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Bankruptcy Lawyer in Dallas 

Do not try and represent yourself in an attempt to cut costs. The courts treat all bankruptcies the same and will not give debtors representing themselves any special consideration. Linda Littlefield is a proven bankruptcy attorney who will strive to ensure your case goes as smooth as possible.

Call (972) 812-0900 to schedule a time to speak with Ms. Littlefield. Littlefield Law Firm is based in Dallas but regularly assists clients in Plano, Heath and Rockwall.

 


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