Bankruptcy Court Information For Osage County, MO

Residents of Osage County, Missouri file bankruptcy in Missouri Western District Bankruptcy Court

1 courthouse serves the Missouri 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Missouri 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 Missouri 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.

Online Filing (eSR)

Online Filing - Missouri Western District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Missouri Western 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 Missouri Western 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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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 - MOW

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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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 Missouri Western District Bankruptcy Court

Kansas City

Court Website info

Charles Evans Whittaker U.S. Courthouse
400 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, MO 64106
District Court: 816-512-5000
Bankruptcy Court: 816-512-1800


Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Missouri Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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



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





Seth A. Albin
903 S. Lindbergh, Ste 200
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 991-4999
Fax: (314) 872-0381


Tracy A. Brown
1034 Brentwood Blvd., #725
St. Louis, MO 63117
Phone: (314) 644-0303
Fax: (314) 644-0333


E. Rebecca Case
7733 Forsyth, Ste. 500
St. Louis, MO 63105
Phone: (314)721-7011
Fax: (314)721-8660


Kristin J. Conwell
P.O. Box 56550
St. Louis, MO 63156
Phone: (314) 652-1120
Fax: (314) 802-7822


Fredrich J. Cruse
718 Broadway
P.O. Box 914
Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone: (573) 221-1333
Fax: (573) 221-1448


D. Matthew Edwards
733 N. Main Street
P. O. Box 67
Sikeston, MO 63801
Phone: (573) 481-1111
Fax: (573) 472-1429


Thomas K. O'Loughlin, II
1736 N. Kingshighway
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Phone: (573) 334-9104
Fax: (573) 334-5256


Charles W. Riske
215 Chesterfield Business Parkway
Chesterfield, MO 63005
Phone: (314) 749-4331
Fax: (636) 530-6805


David A. Sosne
903 S. Lindbergh, Ste 200
St. Louis, MO 63131
Phone: (314)991-4999
Fax: (314) 991-2413



Patricia A. Brown
1857 Dogwood Dr.
P. O. Box 1865
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417)206-8358


Janice A. Harder
3610 Buttonwood Drive, Suite 200
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573)875-2880


Eric L. Johnson
P.O. Box 413146
Kansas City, MO 64141
Phone: (816) 292-8267


Fred Charles Moon
5040 S. Harmony Avenue
Rogersville, MO 65742
Phone: (417) 888-0770
Fax: (417) 888-0778


Jill D. Olsen
118 N. Conistor Ln, Suite B #290
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: (816) 521-8811
Fax: (816) 278-9493


John Charles Reed
515 East High Street, Suite 101
P.O. Box 1048
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Phone: (573)635-8500


Norman E. Rouse
5957 East 20th Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 782-2222


Janice E. Stanton
104 W. 9th Street, Suite 303
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816)421-7770


Bruce E. Strauss
1044 Main Street, Suite 500
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 221-8855


Victor F. Weber
1044 Main Street, Ste. 500
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: (816) 221-8855

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What's all this about "CM/ECF"?

If you visit any bankruptcy court website, you will see prominent notices about mandatory "CM/ECF" which stands for "Case Management/Electronic Case Files." If you are representing yourself (filing without a lawyer), don't worry about this -- it applies only to lawyers (although most sites fail to mention that important fact).

If you're a lawyer, you must file your client's bankruptcy forms electronically and receive training on how to do it. Electronic filing simply means filing your forms as PDF (Acrobat) files via the internet or CD-ROM. Creating PDF files does not require special software. Any software that can print can also produce PDF files with the proper software add-ons. There are some specialized attorneys' bankruptcy software that will produce PDFs from data you enter.

Most downloadable official forms these days are PDFs with fillable fields and most computers can "print" a filled-in form to a PDF file. (See the Free Bankruptcy Forms page for more info)

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Courts that offer "eSR" - Electronic Self Representation

See below for our list of courts that allow debtors to electroncially file.

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Dealing with "legalese"

Bankruptcy court websites have come a long way towards plain English?

Courts should serve all taxpayers, not just lawyers. Filing requirements should be clear and accessible to everyone. After all, everyone must follow the law, so why not make the rules clear and in plain English?

Unfortunately, not all courts provide clear, simple instructions for filing bankruptcy forms. It takes some effort to translate legalese into plain English, and some courts just don't bother.

However, some courts do an admirable job of providing information to help non-attorneys find relevant information. They lay out clear timelines of essential procedures and explain requirements in a clear, easy to follow manner.

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Courts That Do a Good Job Of Helping Debtors Who Don't Have An Attorney

In our first review of 90 bankruptcy court websites nationwide in 2007, found only a handful court websites that provided clear, well-organized filing information for those who don't speak legalese.

A few courts, however, showed what could be done if all courts would bother to take the time to help the general public, and so we created a "Hall of Fame" of good government, to show what could be done by a court with taxpayer's money and a little extra effort, organizaion, and plain English. All bankruptcy courts should follow their example.

In subsequent reviews, many court websites showed significant improvement from 2007 to 2009.

However, as of August 2022, although in general court websites are much better, there is still a wide gap between the best and worst ones when it comes to serving the unrepresented debtor.

If your court's website isn't helpful, check out one of these sites....

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Bankruptcy courts that do a good job of explaining procedures to non-lawyers and / or offer eSR (electronic Self Representation)

Here are the best of the best. Court websites can and do change -- hopefully for the better, but not always.

Note: Links go directly to the court's info for non-lawyers, rather than the court home page.

Note: As you will see if you look at several of these, most of the information you find is general and applies regardless of which court you're filing in.

However, some procedures are "local" and deadlines and forms can vary from court to court.

Always confirm that you are complying with your own court's local rules and procedures.

Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

New interface is a bit too clever by half. Important info is buried in the menu called "Court" Click the "No Attorney" link. Once you get past that, it's pretty good. Pop up menus work very slowly and may not work on all browsers. On some browsers you may not even see the menus at all! Has a dedicated pro se counter. (May 2009) Update: Court should make website work with all browsers. Important information is missed if the home page menus don't work right. But downloadble PDF guides are good, but were written in 2007. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers

Texas Eastern District Bankruptcy Court

Now features a special menu just for those filing without an attorney. Offers clearly organized guidance as to what to do when. (May 2009) Update. Still excellent. Could be a model for other courts. March 2012.

main website     info for non-lawyers