Bankruptcy Court Information For Detroit, MI

Detroit, Michigan 48201

Residents of Wayne County, Michigan file bankruptcy in Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Three Kinds of Information You Will Need from the Court

(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date. If a link does not work, go to the home page for the court and look for the materials from there.)

Official Website of the
Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Official Court Website

* Home page

What you'll find there

You'll need to file your papers with one of the courthouses that serve the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Pre-COVID, you had to go to court, in person, at least once to meet with the bankruptcy trustee for your 341 hearing. During the Coronavirus pandemic, those meetings were typically done by phone or zoom. A few courts may still allow that.

Online Filing (eSR)

Online Filing - Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers online filing! About one quarter of the nation's bankruptcy courts have started to offer electronic filing (eSR) for debtors not represented by an attorney. Your court is on the leading edge of this exciting new option! Click here to learn more about how to file online with the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court.

Where To Start

Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website:

1. Info on Filing Without an Attorney

Court "Pro Se" Info

Information specific to your district

You'll need information specifically about your particular court's procedures.

Fortunately, the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers information specifically designed for people filing without an attorney. Virtually all courts link to the generic national information mentioned above. The Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court offers specific guidance about local procedures.

General information about how to file

If you're new to the bankruptcy process, the website of the US Courts Adminstrative Office now offers a basic orentation page for those filing bankruptcy without an attorney. The information inlcudes a Bankruptcy Basics video in English Spanish and Creole. The half hour video is split into chapters so you can go back and review parts that went by too fast the first time.

2. Local Rules

Local Rules - MIE

Each court has its own rules about filing procedure, how to list creditor's names and addresses, and they tend to be fussy about it.

You must comply with the details of the process, such as filing dates, filing procedures, fees, and a myriad of other bureaucratic wonderfulness. Depending on how poorly they're written, your court's local rules probably won't make much sense to you. Don't worry. You may not be affected by most of the rules.

However, you will need to follow the rules about filing procedure and how to format the creditors' "mailing matrix" (a list of creditor's names and addresses).

Your court publishes plain-English instructions for those filing without a lawyer in the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court . Use that first, rather than trying to read the actual rules.

How to File for BankruptcyChapters 6 and 7 of How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy offer more information on what to look for in local rules and how to ask the court clerk for the information you need as you prepare your paperwork and fill in yourforms.

3. Court Forms

Local Forms

Bankruptcy is a forms-intensive process, kind of like doing a long tax return.

The main forms you use in bankruptcy are federal forms, used nationwide in all bankruptcy courts.

Your bankruptcy court may have additional local forms for the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court for dealing with things like the list of creditors.

Other information from the court

Most courts link to a downloadable U.S. Courts publication called "Bankruptcy Basics." This offers a decent overview of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy -- but has no information about how to actually file or fill in the mountain of forms.

Now most courts also link to a helpful YouTube video created by the Federal Courts that explains the bankruptcy process.

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Courthouses of the Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Wayne County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Detroit, MI
211 West Fort Street Detroit, Michigan 48226. (313)234-0065

Bay City

Court Website info

111 First Street Bay City, Michigan 48708 (989)894-8840

Serving Counties:

Alcona, Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron, Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, and Tuscola

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Court Website info

211 West Fort Street Detroit, Michigan 48226 (313)234-0065

Serving Counties:

Jackson, Lenawee, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Sanilac, Washtenaw, and Wayne

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Court Website info

226 West Second Street Flint, Michigan 48502

Serving Counties:

Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, and Shiawassee.

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Michigan Eastern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

Source: The U.S Trustee Program - Michigan List of Private Trustees by Chapter



Note: The individuals listed are private parties, not government employees.





Collene K. Corcoran
P.O. Box 535
Oxford, MI 48371
Phone: (248)969-9300


Douglas S. Ellmann
2075 W. Stadium Blvd. #1088
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: (734) 668-4800
Fax: (734)662-3893


Karen E. Evangelista
410 W. University Drive., Suite 225
Rochester, MI 48307
Phone: (248) 652-7992
Fax: (248)276-1214


Randall L. Frank
1298 W. Sugnet
Midland, MI 48640

P.O. Box 2220
Bay City, MI 48707 -2220
Phone: (989)893-2461
Fax: (989)893-9331


Stuart A. Gold
24901 Northwestern Highway, Suite 444
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: (248)350-8220
Fax: (248)350-0519


Daniel C. Himmelspach
P. O. Box 5856
Saginaw, MI 48603
Phone: (989) 790-0400
Fax: (989) 401-9575


Wendy T. Lewis
444 West Willis Street, Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 832-5555
Fax: (313) 832-5566


Kyung-Jin Lim
176 South Harvey, Suite 1
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734)416-9420
Fax: (734)416-9423


Homer W. McClarty
19785 West Twelve Mile
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: (248)352-7686
Fax: (248)352-7734


Timothy J. Miller
64541 Van Dyke
Suite 101-B
Washington, MI 48095
Phone: (586) 281-3764


Kenneth Andrew Nathan
32300 Northwestern Hwy
Suite 200
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: (248) 663-5133


Mark H. Shapiro
25925 Telegraph Road
Suite 203
Southfield, MI 48033
Phone: (248)352-4700
Fax: (248)352-4488


Basil T. Simon
645 Griswold
Suite 3466
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313)962-6400
Fax: (313)963-4614


Michael A. Stevenson
26100 American Drive
Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (248) 354-7906
Fax: (248)423-8201


Samuel D. Sweet
52 E. Burdick St. #10
Oxford, MI 48371
Phone: (248)236-0985
Fax: (248)236-0984



Thomas Allen Bruinsma
6812 Old 28th Street, Suite E
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616)975-2010


Scott A. Chernich
313 S. Washington Sguare
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517)371-8100
Fax: (517)371-8200


Darrell R. Dettmann
1207 Gray Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 235-7739
Fax: (906) 228-7357


Laura J. Genovich
1700 E. Beltline Avenue, NE Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 -7044
Phone: (616) 726-2280
Fax: (616) 726-6813


Lisa E. Gocha
P. O. Box 398
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 797-4206
Fax: (616)662-4148


Kelly M. Hagan
P.O. Box 6844
Traverse City, MI 49696
Phone: (231)938-7095
Fax: (231)938-7995


Stephen L. Langeland
6146 W. Main, Suite C
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: (269)382-3703


Marcia R. Meoli
17 West 10th Street, Suite 120
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 396-2124


Jeffrey A. Moyer
2757 44th Street, SW
Suite 304BB
Wyoming, MI 49509

P.O. Box 337
Grandville, MI 49468 -0337
Phone: (616) 532-4002


Thomas C. Richardson
P.O. Box 51067
Kalamazoo, MI 49005 -1067
Phone: (269) 349-7415


Thomas R. Tibble
2813 West Main Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Phone: (269) 342-9482