Bankruptcy Court Information For Fort Smith, AR

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
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Residents of Sebastian County, Arkansas file bankruptcy in Arkansas Western District Bankruptcy Court

6 courthouses serve the Arkansas Western 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Arkansas Western 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 Arkansas Western 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.


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 Arkansas Western 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 Arkansas Western 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 - ARW

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 Arkansas Western 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 Arkansas Western 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 Arkansas Western District Bankruptcy Court

Sebastian County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Fort Smith, AR
S 6th Street and Rogers Avenue Ft. Smith, AR 72901. (479) 783-6833

Fayetteville

Court Website info

Street Address: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Divisional Office
35 E. Mountain Street, Room 316
Fayetteville, AR  72701
479-582-9800

Courtroom located on the 4th floor.

 

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El Dorado

Court Website info

101 S. Jackson El Dorado, AR 71730

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Fort Smith

Court Website info

S 6th Street & Rogers Avenue Ft. Smith, AR 72901

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Harrison

Court Website info

402 N Walnut Harrison, AR 72601

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Texarkana

Court Website info

500 State Line Blvd Texarkana, AR 71854

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Hot Springs

Court Website info

100 Reserve Street Hot Springs, AR 71901

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Arkansas Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

ARKANSAS

 

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

 

 

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS

 

Richard L. Cox
364 Long Point Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
E-mail: rlctrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (501) 623-1759

 

Hamilton Moses Mitchell
1204 N. Polk St
Little Rock, AR 72205
E-mail: hamiltonmosesmitchell@gmail.com
Phone: (501) 425-3431

 

W. Lance Owens
P.O. Box 121
Jonesboro, AR 72403
E-mail: lowens@omglawfirm.com
Phone: (870)336-6505

 

M. Randy Rice
124 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 1850
Little Rock, AR 72201
E-mail: Randyrice2@comcast.net
Phone: (501) 374-1019

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS

 

Stanley V. Bond
P.O. Box 1893
Fayetteville, AR 72702
E-mail: attybond@me.com
Phone: (479) 444-0255

 

Richard L. Cox
364 Long Point Road
Hot Springs, AR 71913
E-mail: rlctrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (501) 623-1759

 

J. Brian Ferguson
P.O. Box 926
Bentonville, AR 72712
E-mail: brian@ozarkfunds.com
Phone: (479) 464-4418

 

Hamilton Moses Mitchell
1204 N. Polk St
Little Rock, AR 72205
E-mail: hamiltonmosesmitchell@gmail.com
Phone: (501) 425-3431