Bankruptcy Court Information For Tyler, TX

Tyler, Texas 75701

Residents of Smith County, Texas file bankruptcy in Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Texas 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Texas 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 Texas 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 - Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas 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 - TXE

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 Texas 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 Texas 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 Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Smith County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Tyler, TX
110 North College Ave, Tyler, Texas 75702. (903) 590-3200


Court Website info

110 North College Ave
9th Floor
Tyler, Texas 75702

(903) 590-3200

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

660 North Central Expressway
Suite 300B
Plano, Texas 75074

(972) 509-1240

Maps: Google - Yahoo


Court Website info

300 Willow Street Suite 100
Beaumont, TX 77701

(409) 654-7060

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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



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





Diane S. Carter 
60 North Central Expressway, 
Suite 101 
Plano, TX 75074 
Phone: (972)422-8377 


Michelle H. Chow 
P.O. BOX 601389 
Dallas, TX 75360 -1389 
Phone: (214)521-6627 
Fax: (214)320-2966 


Christopher J. Moser 
2001 Bryan Street, Suite 1800 
Dallas, TX 75201 
Phone: (214)880-1805 


Linda S. Payne 
11700 Preston Road 
Suite 660-667 
Dallas, TX 75230 
Phone: (214) 558-7796 


Mark A. Weisbart 
10501 N. Central Expy., suite 106 
Dallas, TX 75231 
Phone: (972) 755-7100 


Stephen Joseph Zayler 
123 E. Lufkin Avenue 
Lufkin, TX 75901 
Phone: (936)634-1020 



Shawn K. Brown 
P.O. Box 93749 
Southlake, TX 76092 
Phone: (817) 348-0777 


Anne E. Burns 
900 Jackson Street 
Suite 570, Founders Square 
Dallas, TX 75202 
Phone: (214) 573-7343 


James W. Cunningham 
6412 Sondra Drive 
Dallas, TX 75214 
Phone: (214)827-9112 


Marilyn D. Garner 
2007 East Lamar Boulevard, Suite 200 
Arlington, TX 76006 
Phone: (817) 505-1499 
Fax: (817) 549-7200 


Areya Holder Aurzada 
901 Main Street 
Suite 5309 
Dallas, TX 75202 
Phone: (972) 438-8800 
Fax: (972) 438-8825 


Myrtle L. McDonald 
3305 66th Street, Suite 3 
Lubbock, TX 79413 
Phone: (806)792-0056 
Fax: (806)589-0790 


Jeffrey H. Mims 
900 Jackson St., Suite 560 
Dallas, TX 75202 
Phone: (214) 210-2913 


Harvey L. Morton 
P.O. Box 10305 
Lubbock, TX 79408 
Phone: (806)762-0570 


R. Newhouse 
401 Century Pkwy 
Unit 715 
Allen, TX 75013 
Phone: (469) 777-6560 


Laurie Dahl Rea 
777 Main Street, Suite 1550 
Fort Worth, TX 76102 
Phone: (817) 877-4224 


Diane G. Reed 
501 N. College Street 
Waxahachie, TX 75165 
Phone: (972) 938-7334 


Kent D. Ries 
4211 I-40 West, Suite 101 
Amarillo, TX 79106 
Phone: (806)242-7437 


Scott M. Seidel 
6505 West Park Boulevard, #357 
Suite 306 
Dallas, TX 75093 
Phone: (214) 234-2503 


Daniel J. Sherman 
509 N. Montclair Avenue 
Dallas, TX 75208 
Phone: (214)942-5502 


John D. Spicer 
P.O. Box 820009 
North Richland Hills, TX 76182 
Phone: (214) 573-7331 
Fax: (214) 573-7399 


Behrooz P. Vida 
3000 Central Drive 
Bedford, TX 76021 
Phone: (817) 358-9977 


Robert Yaquinto, Jr. 
509 N. Montclair Avenue 
Dallas, TX 75208 
Phone: (214)942-5502 



Allison Davison Byman 
7924 Broadway, Suite 104 
Pearland, TX 77581 
Phone: (281) 884-9269 


Catherine S. Curtis 
P. O. Box 720788 
McAllen, TX 78504 
Phone: (956) 467-1000 
Fax: (956) 331-2815 


Eva S. Engelhart 
7700 San Felipe, Suite 550 
Houston, TX 77063 
Phone: (713) 626-1200 
Fax: (713) 623-6014 


Christopher R. Murray 
602 Sawyer Street, Suite 400 
Houston, TX 77007 
Phone: (832) 529-3027 


Janet S. Northrup 
Total Plaza 
1201 Louisiana, 28th Floor 
Houston, TX 77002 
Phone: (713) 328-8233 
Fax: (713) 351-0333 


Ronald J. Sommers 
2800 Post Oak Blvd., 61st Floor 
Houston, TX 77056 
Phone: (713)960-0303 
Fax: (713)892-4800 


Randy W. Williams 
7924 Broadway, Suite 104 
Pearland, TX 77581 
Phone: (281) 884-9262 



Ronald E. Ingalls 
P.O. Box 2867 
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 -1927 
Phone: (830) 321-0878 
Fax: (830) 321-0913 


J. Patrick Lowe 
2402 East Main Street 
Uvalde, TX 78801 
Phone: (830) 407-5115 


Randolph N. Osherow 
342 W. Woodlawn, Suite 100 
San Antonio, TX 78212 -3314 
Phone: (210)738-3001 
Fax: (210)737-6312 


Jose C. Rodriguez 
342 Woodlawn, Suite 103 
San Antonio, TX 78212 
Phone: (210)738-8881 
Fax: (210)738-8882 


Ron Satija 
P.O. Box 660208 
Austin, TX 78766 
Phone: (512) 900-8223 
Fax: (512) 900-8224 


James E. Studensky 
3912 W. Waco Drive 
Waco, TX 76710 
Phone: (254) 776-9630 
Fax: (254) 296-0190 


Johnny W. Thomas, Jr. 
1153 E. Commerce 
San Antonio, TX 78205 
Phone: (210)226-5888