Bankruptcy Court Information For Franklin County, IN

Brookville, Indiana 47012

Residents of Franklin County, Indiana file bankruptcy in Indiana Southern District Bankruptcy Court

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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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

You're in luck! The Indiana Southern 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 Indiana Southern 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 Indiana Southern 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 Indiana Southern 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 - INS

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 Indiana Southern 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 Indiana Southern 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 Indiana Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Franklin County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Indianapolis, IN
46 East Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. (317) 229-3800


Court Website info

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
Room 116
Birch Bayh Federal Building and United States Courthouse
46 East Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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New Albany

Court Website info

110 U.S. Courthouse 121 West Spring Street New Albany, IN 47150

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Court Website info

Street Address: 

101 Northwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47708 

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court
352 Federal Building
101 Northwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47708

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Terre Haute

Court Website info

Street Address: 

United States Courthouse
921 Ohio Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807 
*** Not Staffed ***

Mailing Address: 

United States Bankruptcy Court

352 Federal Building
101 Northwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47708

WARNING:  Documents should NOT be mailed or delivered to the Terre Haute courthouse but should be delivered to the Evansville office.

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Indiana Southern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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



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





Douglas R. Adelsperger
P.O. Box 6129
South Bend, IN 46660
Phone: (260) 407-0909


Edward Chosnek
P.O. Box 708
Lafayette, IN 47902
Phone: (765)742-9081


Lori D. Fisher
P.O. Box 92
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Phone: (219) 769-0783


Daniel L. Freeland
9105 Indianapolis Blvd.
Highland, IN 46322
Phone: (219) 922-0800


Jacqueline S. Homann
202 South Michigan St., Suite 600
South Bend, IN 46601
Phone: (574)233-1194


Rebecca L. Hoyt-Fischer
525 E. Colfax Avenue, Unit #101
South Bend, IN 46617
Phone: (219)284-2354


Yvette G. Kleven
111 West Wayne Street, Suite D
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 407-7077
Fax: (260) 407-7137


Kenneth A. Manning
200 Monticello Drive
Dyer, IN 46311
Phone: (219)865-8376


Dustin M. Roach
202 W. Berry Street, Suite 200
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260) 424-8132


Christopher Schmidgall
417 W. 81st Avenue
# 622
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: (219) 736-7732


Martin E. Seifert
444 East main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Phone: (260)426-0444


Mark A. Warsco
2100 National City Center
110 West Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46859
Phone: (219)423-2537



Douglas R. Adelsperger
P.O. Box 6129
South Bend, IN 46660
Phone: (260) 407-0909


Charity S. Bird
P.O. Box 81
New Albany, IN 47151 -0081


Deborah J. Caruso
135 N. Pennsylvania Street
Suite 1400
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 634-0300


Kathryn L. Pry Coryell
P.O. Box 6771
New Albany, IN 47151
Phone: (812) 944-2646


Gregory S. Fehribach
50 S. Meridian St., #700
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317)638-2400


Lori D. Fisher
P.O. Box 92
Valparaiso, IN 46384
Phone: (219) 769-0783


Sarah L. Fowler
PO Box 80263
Indianapolis, IN 46280
Phone: (317) 559-3637


Joanne B. Friedmeyer
1389 W. 86th Street, #280
Indianapolis, IN 46260
Phone: (317) 755-3103


Jenice R. Golson-Dunlap
P. O. Box 68328
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 263-3580


Michael J. Hebenstreit
One American Square
Suite 2500
Indianapolis, IN 46282
Phone: (317) 639-1210


Christine K. Jacobson
PO Box 55092
Indianapolis, IN 46220
Phone: (317) 608-1139


Thomas A. Krudy
236 E. 15th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 635-4428


R. Stephen LaPlante
101 N.W. First Street, Suite 116
P.O. Box 3556
Evansville, IN 47734 -3556
Phone: (812)463-6093


Lou Ann Marocco
P.O. Box 1206
Greenwood, IN 46142
Phone: (317)631-0145


John J. Petr
111 Monument Circle, Suite 900
Indianapolis, IN 46204 -5125
Phone: (317) 692-9000


Anastasia M. Wissel
P.O. Box 68
Decker, IN 47524 -0068
Phone: (812) 886-6452


Randall Lee Woodruff
202 S. Main Street
P.O. Box 356
Pendleton, IN 46064
Phone: (765) 644-6464

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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