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US BANKRUPTCY COURT, DISTRICT OF KANSAS PRO SE FILER INFORMATION

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US BANKRUPTCY COURT, DISTRICT OF KANSAS

PRO SE FILER INFORMATION (3/14/06, Rev. 11/26/07, 4/22/10)

NOTE: STAFF OF THE CLERK’S OFFICE ARE FORBIDDEN BY LAW

FROM GIVING LEGAL ADVICE. THEY CANNOT ASSIST YOU IN

COMPLETION OF THE REQUIRED PAPERWORK.

The following information is not comprehensive and should not be relied upon as a

substitute for reference to the applicable laws and rules. Although there is no prohibition

against individual debtors filing a bankruptcy petition
pro se (without legal representation),

bankruptcy is a very complex undertaking and it is recommended that anyone

contemplating such a step should consult an attorney. If the extensive documents

required in a bankruptcy case are not completed properly, or if further steps in the

bankruptcy process are not taken on time, a debtor can lose property or other important

rights unnecessarily.

WHERE TO FILE A CASE

Cases may be filed in any one of the three divisional offices. Petitions may be mailed to

an office or may be presented in person, during the court’s normal business hours. Select

the division which is most convenient to you, as you will be required to attend scheduled

meetings and hearings there while your case is pending.

Clerk’s Office

US Bankruptcy Court

500 State Ave Room 161

Kansas City KS 66101

(913) 735-2110

Clerk’s Office

US Bankruptcy Court

444 SE Quincy Room 240

Topeka KS 66683

(785) 338-5910

Clerk’s Office

US Bankruptcy Court

401 N Market Room 167

Wichita KS 67202

(316) 315-4110

Normal business hours are Monday - Friday, excluding holidays from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Public phone lines are available 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. in all three of the divisional offices.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Pro Se Filers Helpful Website: http://www.uscourts.gov/bankruptcycourts/prose.html

Identifies the difficulties of filing without an attorney and provides general information to

those individuals proceeding on their own.

Bankruptcy Basics: www.uscourts.gov/bankruptcycourts/bankruptcybasics.html for

general information on chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code and definitions

of bankruptcy terminology.

Approved credit counselors: See www.ksb.uscourts.gov for the link to U.S. Trustee

Information.

Approved providers of financial management instructional courses: See

www.ksb.uscourts.gov for the link to U.S. Trustee Information.

Federal Poverty Guidelines: www.uscourts.gov/bankruptcycourts/resources.html. See

Poverty Guidelines (pdf).

District of Kansas local rules: see www.ksb.uscourts.gov for local rules and interim local

rules.

Filing Fees, Forms, Matrix Guidelines, and other general information see:

www.ksb.uscourts.gov

HELPFUL LOCAL RULES

You should review the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and the Bankruptcy Code,

as they contain requirements that dictate bankruptcy processes and procedures. The

District of Kansas also has local rules that must be observed. The following are some

local rules which may be helpful when preparing the petition/schedules.

D. Kan. LBR 1007.1
Initial Filings/Assembly of Petition and Accompanying

Documents

D. Kan. LBR 1009.1 Amendments to Lists and Schedules of Creditors andApplicable Deadlines (also see sample notice; Appendix 1-01 to

the Rule)

D. Kan. LBR 2002.1
Notice to Creditors and Other Interested PartiesAlso See current District of Kansas Standing Orders re:

Preparation And Filing Of Matrix

Scheduling, Listing And Noticing The United States And

Agencies Of The State Of Kansas As A Creditor

DEFINITIONS / GENERAL INFORMATION

Credit Counseling Requirement
- Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer

Protection Act of 2005 [BAPCPA], debtors must obtain a briefing containing opportunities

for credit counseling and assistance in performing a budget analysis as a
pre-filing requirement, in cases for individual debtors filed on or after October 17, 2005. See

Helpful Websites information for a current list of approved credit counselors.

Petition/Schedules - The original petition and schedules are required in all chapters. If you

wish to have a file stamped copy for your records, include an extra copy of the

petition/schedules and any other pleading submitted with the original filing, and a return

self-addressed, stamped envelope if you are submitting the petition by mail. The selfaddressed,

stamped envelope must be large enough to hold all of the documents for

return. Be sure that only the last four digits of your Social Security Number(s), complete

name(s) (including middle name), and complete address are shown on the petition. The

Statement of Social Security Number (Form B-21), which contains your full SSN, must

accompany the petition and must be signed by debtor and joint debtor, if applicable. Be

sure to sign where indicated on the petition and schedules. The original will be filed in the

court file and must contain
original signatures. If someone other than the debtor has

prepared the petition and schedules, the Disclosure of Compensation of Bankruptcy

Petition Preparer and Certification and Signature of Non-Attorney Bankruptcy Petition

Preparer must be filed. See D. Kan. LBR 1007(b).1 regarding preparation of petition.

Verification of Matrix and Matrix - The matrix is the document that creates the mailing list

which the court will use to notify your creditors of your bankruptcy. The Verification ofMatrix

is the document signed by the debtor verifying that all creditor names and

addresses contained within the petition and schedules have been included in the matrix.

The Clerk’s Office will not compare the matrix against your petition and schedules.

Creditor names and addresses must be typed with each name and address left justified.

See current D. Kan. Standing Orders for further information regarding preparation of a

matrix and listing the United States as a creditor.
(A sample matrix is attached to the heel of

this document for informational purposes only.)

Filing Fee or Application to Pay Filing Fee In Installments - The clerk’s office will accept

cash or money order only; a personal check of the debtor cannot be accepted. If you wish

to pay the filing fee in installments, an Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments must be

filed with the petition. When filing fees are submitted with a new case filing along with an

application to pay fees in installments, the initial payment must not be less than $54.00.

Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee - If you cannot afford to pay the fee either in full or in

installments, you may request a waiver of the filing fee by completing an Application for

Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee For Individuals Who Cannot Pay the Filing Fee in Full

or in Installments. This form must be submitted with the petition. A judge will decide

whether you have to pay the filing fee, and may waive the fee only if your income is less

than 150 percent of the official poverty line applicable to your family size and you are

unable to pay the fees in installments. See Helpful Websites information for current

federal poverty guidelines.

Financial Management Course - Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer

Protection Act of 2005 [BAPCPA], a new debtor education requirement has been

implemented. Debtors must complete an instructional course concerning personal financial

management after filing bankruptcy in order to be eligible to receive a discharge. See

Helpful Websites information for a current list of approved providers.

INFORMATION ONLY (MATRIX SAMPLE)

Joe Creditor
525 Creditor Ave Ste 200
Anywhere KS 62002

Dr Phil Creditor
Professional Bldg Ste 60
Hometown KS 62002

Local Phone Company
PO Box 9999
Anywhere KS 62002

ABC Company
Attn Account Rep
PO Box 1111
Creditorsburg OK 61001

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