Bankruptcy Court Information For Gogebic County, MI

Bessemer, Michigan 49911

Residents of Gogebic County, Michigan file bankruptcy in Michigan Western District Bankruptcy Court

5 courthouses serve the Michigan 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Michigan 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 Michigan 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 - Michigan Western District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 - MIW

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 Michigan 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 Michigan 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 Michigan Western District Bankruptcy Court

Gogebic County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Marquette, MI
202 West Washington Street, Marquette, MI 49855. (616) 456-2693

Grand Rapids

Court Website info

Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday

Street Address: 

US Bankruptcy Court Western District of MI
1 Division Ave N, Room 200
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

341 Meeting of Creditors Location: 

Office of the United States Trustee
125 Ottawa Street
Suite 202R
Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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Court Website info

This location is not staffed with court employees.

Street Address: 

US Courthouse & Federal Building
410 West Michigan, Room 114
Kalamazoo, MI  49007 

Mailing Address: 

US Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Michigan
1 Division Ave N, Room 200
Grand Rapids, MI  49503


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Court Website info

This location is not staffed with court employees.

Street Address: 

US Post Office & Federal Courthouse
315 West Allegan Street, Room 101
Lansing, MI  48933


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Traverse City

Court Website info

This location is not staffed with court employees.

Street Address: 

Logan Place West
3249 Racquet Club Drive
Traverse City, MI  49684

Mailing Address: 

US Bankruptcy Court
Western District of Michigan
1 Division Ave N, Room 200
Grand Rapids, MI  49503

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Court Website info

Attention Marquette Filers:  For all those not registered to electronically file, effective October 31, 2019, all bankruptcy filings and payments for cases with venue in the Upper Peninsula must be mailed (via U.S. Mail, delivery service, or hand-delivery) to:

          Bankruptcy Court Clerk
          US Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Michigan
          1 Division Ave N, 2nd Floor
          Grand Rapids, MI  49503

Those with an emergency filing Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm Eastern time should call 906-226-2300 or email the Clerk at for information on how to request permission to file by alternate means such as fax or email.  Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Street Address: 

US Bankruptcy Court Western District of MI
202 West Washington Street, 3rd Floor
Marquette, MI  49855

(616) 456-2693

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Michigan Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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



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





Collene K. Corcoran
P.O. Box 535
Oxford, MI 48371
Phone: (248)969-9300


Douglas S. Ellmann
2075 W. Stadium Blvd. #1088
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: (734) 668-4800
Fax: (734)662-3893


Karen E. Evangelista
410 W. University Drive., Suite 225
Rochester, MI 48307
Phone: (248) 652-7992
Fax: (248)276-1214


Randall L. Frank
1298 W. Sugnet
Midland, MI 48640

P.O. Box 2220
Bay City, MI 48707 -2220
Phone: (989)893-2461
Fax: (989)893-9331


Stuart A. Gold
24901 Northwestern Highway, Suite 444
Southfield, MI 48075
Phone: (248)350-8220
Fax: (248)350-0519


Daniel C. Himmelspach
P. O. Box 5856
Saginaw, MI 48603
Phone: (989) 790-0400
Fax: (989) 401-9575


Wendy T. Lewis
444 West Willis Street, Suite 101
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: (313) 832-5555
Fax: (313) 832-5566


Kyung-Jin Lim
176 South Harvey, Suite 1
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734)416-9420
Fax: (734)416-9423


Homer W. McClarty
19785 West Twelve Mile
Southfield, MI 48076
Phone: (248)352-7686
Fax: (248)352-7734


Timothy J. Miller
64541 Van Dyke
Suite 101-B
Washington, MI 48095
Phone: (586) 281-3764


Kenneth Andrew Nathan
32300 Northwestern Hwy
Suite 200
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
Phone: (248) 663-5133


Mark H. Shapiro
25925 Telegraph Road
Suite 203
Southfield, MI 48033
Phone: (248)352-4700
Fax: (248)352-4488


Basil T. Simon
645 Griswold
Suite 3466
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313)962-6400
Fax: (313)963-4614


Michael A. Stevenson
26100 American Drive
Suite 500
Southfield, MI 48034
Phone: (248) 354-7906
Fax: (248)423-8201


Samuel D. Sweet
52 E. Burdick St. #10
Oxford, MI 48371
Phone: (248)236-0985
Fax: (248)236-0984



Thomas Allen Bruinsma
6812 Old 28th Street, Suite E
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Phone: (616)975-2010


Scott A. Chernich
313 S. Washington Sguare
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517)371-8100
Fax: (517)371-8200


Darrell R. Dettmann
1207 Gray Street
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: (906) 235-7739
Fax: (906) 228-7357


Laura J. Genovich
1700 E. Beltline Avenue, NE Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525 -7044
Phone: (616) 726-2280
Fax: (616) 726-6813


Lisa E. Gocha
P. O. Box 398
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 797-4206
Fax: (616)662-4148


Kelly M. Hagan
P.O. Box 6844
Traverse City, MI 49696
Phone: (231)938-7095
Fax: (231)938-7995


Stephen L. Langeland
6146 W. Main, Suite C
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: (269)382-3703


Marcia R. Meoli
17 West 10th Street, Suite 120
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: (616) 396-2124


Jeffrey A. Moyer
2757 44th Street, SW
Suite 304BB
Wyoming, MI 49509

P.O. Box 337
Grandville, MI 49468 -0337
Phone: (616) 532-4002


Thomas C. Richardson
P.O. Box 51067
Kalamazoo, MI 49005 -1067
Phone: (269) 349-7415


Thomas R. Tibble
2813 West Main Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
Phone: (269) 342-9482

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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