Bankruptcy Court Information For Jackson County, GA

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Residents of Jackson County, Georgia file bankruptcy in Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court

4 courthouses serve the Georgia Northern 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Georgia Northern 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 Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court.

Before COVID, you'd normally have to go there 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. Many coudts are still allowing that.

Where To Start

Online Filing (eSR)

Online Filing - Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Georgia Northern 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 Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court.

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 Georgia Northern 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 Georgia Northern 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 - GAN

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 Georgia Northern 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 Georgia Northern 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 Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court

Jackson County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Gainesville, GA
121 Spring Street South East, Gainesville, Georgia 30501. (678) 450-2700

Atlanta

Court Website info

The Clerk's Office and public intake counter are located on the 13th Floor, Room 1340.

Street Address: 

Richard B. Russell Federal Building and
United States Courthouse
75 Ted Turner Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone: (404) 215-1000

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
Room 1340
75 Ted Turner Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Serving Counties:

Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Rockdale

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Newnan

Court Website info

Street Address: 

Lewis R. Morgan Federal Building and
United States Courthouse
18 Greenville Street
Newnan, GA 30263
Telephone: (678) 423-3000

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
18 Greenville Street, 2nd Floor
Newnan, GA 30263

 
Serving Counties:

Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup

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Rome

Court Website info

Street Address: 

United States Courthouse
600 East First Street
Rome, GA 30161
Telephone: (706) 378-4000

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
600 East First St, Room 339
Rome, GA 30161-3187

Serving Counties:

Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Whitfield

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Gainesville

Court Website info

Street Address: 

Sidney O. Smith Federal Building and
United States Courthouse
121 Spring Street SE
Gainesville, GA 30501
Telephone: (678) 450-2700

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
121 Spring St. SE, Room 120
Gainesville, GA 30501

 
Serving Counties:

Banks, Barrow, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White

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Georgia Northern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

GEORGIA

 

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

 

 

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

 

Courtney M. Davis
1090-C Founders Boulevard
Athens, GA 30606
Phone: (706) 548-7070
Fax: (706) 613-2089

 

Walter W. Kelley
P.O. Box 70879
Albany, GA 31708
E-mail: WKelley@kelleylovett.com
Phone: (229)888-9128
Fax: (229)888-0966

 

Robert M. Matson
P.O. Box 1773
Macon, GA 31202
E-mail: rmatson@akin-webster.com
Phone: (478) 742-1889
Fax: (478) 742-7101

 

Joy R. Webster
544 Mulberry Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 1098
Macon, GA 31202
E-mail: jwebster@akin-webster.com
Phone: (478)742-1889
Fax: (478)742-7101

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

 

James G. Baker
305 North Greenwood Street
LaGrange, GA 30240
E-mail: jgbaker@jgbpc.com
Phone: (706) 884-3059
Fax: (706) 882-4062

 

Michael J. Bargar
171 17th Street, NW
Suite 2100
Atlanta, GA 30363
Phone: (404) 873-7030

 

Kyle A. Cooper
120 Travertine Trail
Alpharetta, GA 30022
E-mail: kylecoopertrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (770) 687-2982

 

Neil C. Gordon
171 17th Street, #2100
Atlanta, GA 30363
Phone: (404)873-8596

 

S. Gregory Hays
2964 Peachtree Road, NW
Suite 555
Atlanta, GA 30302 -2153
Phone: (404) 926-0051

 

Griffin E. Howell, III
P.O. Box 2271
Griffin, GA 30224
E-mail: newhow@bellsouth.net
Phone: (770) 227-4015

 

Jordan E. Lubin
8325 Dunwoody Place, Building 2
Atlanta, GA 30350
Phone: (770)424-8281

 

Theo Davis Mann
28 Jackson Street
Newnan, GA 30264
Phone: (770)253-2222

 

Tracey L. Montz
2146 Roswell Road
Suite 108 #406
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: (404)713-6472

 

Albert F. Nasuti
2 Sun Court, Suite 400
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Phone: (770) 925-0111

 

Tamara M. Ogier
P.O. Box 1547
Decatur, GA 30031
E-mail: tmo@orratl.com
Phone: (404) 525-4000

 

Edwin K. Palmer
P.O. Box 1284
Decatur, GA 30031
E-mail: ekpalmerlaw@aol.com
Phone: (404)479-4449

 

Bradley J. Patten
340 Jesse Jewell Parkway
Suite 300
Gainesville, GA 30501
Phone: (770)536-3381

 

Jason L. Pettie
P.O. Box 17936
Atlanta, GA 30316
E-mail: trustee@jasonpettie.com
Phone: (404) 638-5984

 

Thomas D. Richardson
P.O. Box 5007
Rome, GA 30162 -5007
E-mail: trichardson@brinson-askew.com
Phone: (706)291-8853

 

Cathy L. Scarver
P. O. Box 672587
Marietta, GA 30006
E-mail: trusteescarver@bellsouth.net
Phone: (404)551-5142
Fax: (404)806-9652

 

Kathleen Steil
P.O. Box 1547
Decatur, GA 30031
E-mail: Ks@orratl.com
Phone: (404) 525-4000
Fax: (678) 381-1175

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA

 

Tiffany E. Caron
P.O. Box 711
West Palm Beach, FL 33402
E-mail: tiffany.caron@hotmail.com
Phone: (404) 647 4917

 

Joseph E. Mitchell, III
P. O. Box 2504
Augusta, GA 30903
E-mail: mitchellje@bellsouth.net
Phone: (706) 826-1808
Fax: (706) 826-7959

 

James C. Overstreet, Jr.
1229 Augusta West Parkway
Augusta, GA 30909
E-mail: jco@klosinski.com
Phone: (706) 863-2255

 

Wendy A. Owens
P.O. Box 8846
Savannah, GA 31412
E-mail: trustee@coastalempirelaw.com
Phone: (912) 239-9888
Fax: (912) 239-9777

 

Joelyn R. Pirkle
273 East Walnut Street
Jesup, GA 31546
E-mail: joelynpirkle@gmail.com
Phone: (912) 427-9067
Fax: (912) 427-0083

 

Paul A. Schofield
P.O. Box 389
Brunswick, GA 31521
E-mail: trustee@ch7bwk.com
Phone: (912) 275-7018

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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, LegalConsumer.com 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.

Massachusetts District Bankruptcy Court

Lots of warnings about filing without a lawyer, but also lots of good, helpful information about how to avoid screwing up. Reviewed May 2009. Updated March 2012


main website     info for non-lawyers

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