Bankruptcy Court Information For Hamilton County, OH

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Residents of Hamilton County, Ohio file bankruptcy in Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court

3 courthouses serve the Ohio 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Ohio 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 Ohio Southern 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

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 Ohio 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 Ohio 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 - OHS

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 Ohio 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 Ohio 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 Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court

Hamilton County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Cincinnati, OH
221 E. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202. (513) 684-2572

Cincinnati

Court Website info

Street Address: 

221 E. Fourth Street
Atrium Two Suite 800
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
(513) 684-2572

 

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Columbus

Court Website info

Street Address: 

170 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-6638

Maps: Google - Yahoo

Dayton

Court Website info

Street Address: 

120 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45402
(937) 225-2516

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Ohio Southern District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

OHIO

 

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

 

 

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO

 

Lisa M. Barbacci
P.O. Box 1299
Medina, OH 44258 -1299
E-mail: barbaccitrustee@gmail.com
Phone: (330) 722-4488
Fax: (330) 723-2959

 

Robert D. Barr
1111 Superior Avenue East
Suite 2500
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: rbarr@koehler.law
Phone: (216)744-2739

 

Brian Alan Bash
1900 E. 9th Street, Suite 3200
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: bbash@bakerlaw.com
Phone: (216)621-0200
Fax: (216) 696-0740

 

Patti M. Baumgartner-Novak
3015 Navarre Ave., Suite 203
Oregon, OH 43616
E-mail: pnovak@bex.net
Phone: (419) 724-2480
Fax: (419) 724-2481

 

Kathryn A. Belfance
One Cascade Plaza, 15th Floor
Akron, OH 44308
E-mail: kb@rlbllp.com
Phone: (330)535-0505
Fax: (330) 256-3695

 

Virgil E. Brown, Jr.
4070 Mayfield Road
Cleveland, OH 44121
E-mail: virgil@vebtrustee.com
Phone: (216) 851-3304
Fax: (216) 851-2900

 

Michael Douglas Buzulencia
150 E. Market Street, Suite 300
Warren, OH 44481
E-mail: buzulenciatrustee@mahoningvalleylaw.com
Phone: (330)392-8551
Fax: (330) 392-7030

 

Thomas E. Cafferty
500 Madison Ave., Suite 320
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: tcafferty@bex.net
Phone: (419) 244-0169
Fax: (419) 244-9420

 

Kari Balog Coniglio
200 Public Square, Suite 1400
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: kbconiglio@vorys.com
Phone: (216) 479-6167

 

Harold Allen Corzin
Commonwealth Square
304 N. Cleveland-Massillon Roa
Akron, OH 44333
E-mail: hcorzin@csu-law.com
Phone: (330)670-0770
Fax: (330)670-0297

 

Anthony J. DeGirolamo
3930 Fulton Drive NW, Suite 100B
Canton, OH 44718
E-mail: ajdlaw@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (330) 305-9700
Fax: (330) 305-9713

 

Douglas A. Dymarkowski
1107 Adams Street
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: Ch7TrusteeOffice@gmail.com
Phone: (419) 244-8500
Fax: (419) 244-8538

 

Bruce Comly French
P.O. Box 839
Lima, OH 45802 -0839
E-mail: brucecfrench@earthlink.net
Phone: (419)222-9134
Fax: (419) 222-9437

 

Marc Preston Gertz
11 South Forge Street
Akron, OH 44304
E-mail: mpgertz@gertzrosen.com
Phone: (330) 255-0727
Fax: (330) 932-2366

 

Melissa M. Macejko
P. O. Box 256
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44222
E-mail: akrontr@suharlaw.com
Phone: (330) 744-9007

 

Josiah Locke Mason
153 West Main Street
Ashland, OH 44805

P.O. Box 345
Ashland, OH 44805
E-mail: jlmasontrustee@zoominternet.net
Phone: (419)289-1600
Fax: (419) 281-6530

 

Ericka S. Parker
232 10th Street
Toledo, OH 43604
E-mail: ESPARKER@SBCGLOBAL.NET
Phone: (419)243-0900
Fax: (419) 243-0955

 

Anne C. Silagy
1225 So. Main St.
Suite G
North Canton, OH 44720
E-mail: asilagylawfirm@neo.rr.com
Phone: (330)456-0900
Fax: (330) 456-1981

 

David O. Simon
3659 Green Road, Suite 106
Beachwood, OH 44122 -5715
E-mail: david@simonlpa.com
Phone: (216)621-6201
Fax: (888) 467-4181

 

Sheldon Stein
400 Terminal Tower
50 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44113
E-mail: ashl@ix.netcom.com
Phone: (216)696-7449
Fax: (216) 696-5329

 

Andrew Walter Suhar
MetroTower, Ste 1101, 11 Federal Plaza C
Youngstown, OH 44503 -1576

P.O. Box 1497
Youngstown, OH 44503 -1576
E-mail: asuhar@suharlaw.com
Phone: (330)744-9007
Fax: (330) 744-5857

 

William L. Swope
610 Tiffin Ave.
Findlay, OH 45840
E-mail: trustee7@sbcglobal.net
Phone: (419)422-0288
Fax: (419)422-4188

 

Alan Jay Treinish
50 Public Square, Suite 3301
Cleveland, OH 44113
E-mail: alan@treinishlpa.com
Phone: (216) 566-7022
Fax: (216) 566-8751

 

Waldemar J. Wojcik
The Leader Building, Suite 211
526 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
E-mail: wwojcik@wojciklpa.com
Phone: (216)241-2628
Fax: (216) 621-0408

 

Richard Glenn Zellers
3810 Starrs Centre Drive
Canfield, OH 44406
E-mail: zellersesq@gmail.com
Phone: (330)702-0780
Fax: (330) 702-0788

 

Julie K. Zurn
388 South Main Street
Suite 500
Akron, OH 44311
E-mail: jzurn@brouse.com
Phone: (330) 535-5711

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO

 

E. Hanlin Bavely
8280 Montgomery Road
Suite 110
Cincinnati, OH 45242
E-mail: ehbavely@zoomtown.com
Phone: (513) 621-6621

 

Amy L. Bostic
1160 Dublin Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)229-4433

 

Christal L. Caudill
3757 Attucks Drive
Powell, OH 43065
E-mail: clcaudill@caudill-law.com
Phone: (614) 389-4940
Fax: (866) 335-5153

 

James A. Coutinho
17 S. High St., Suite 1220
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: coutinho@asnalaw.com
Phone: (614) 221-8500
Fax: (614) 221-5988

 

Eileen K. Field
3991 Hamilton-Middletown Road
Suite U
Hamilton, OH 45011
Phone: (513)684-9000

 

Patricia J. Friesinger
33 W. First Street, Suite 200
Dayton, OH 45402
E-mail: friesinger@coollaw.com
Phone: (937) 449-5776

 

Melissa S. Giberson
52 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: TrusteeGiberson@vorys.com
Phone: (614) 464-3016

 

Eric W. Goering
220 West Third Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)621-0912

 

Mark Alan Greenberger
7750 Montgomery Road
Suite 205
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513)721-5151

 

Clyde C. Hardesty, III
P.O. Box 731
Newark, OH 43058 -0731
E-mail: Trusteeclyde@roadrunner.com
Phone: (740)344-8375

 

George P. Leicht
P.O. Box 602
Batavia, OH 45103
Phone: (513)734-4848

 

William Boyd Logan, Jr.
1160 Dublin Road, Suite 400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)229-4449

 

Larry J. McClatchey
65 East State Street, Ste.1800
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)462-5463

 

Henry Edward Menninger, Jr.
2500 Cincinnati Commerce Center
600 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)852-6033

 

David L. Mikel
111 S. Plum St.
Troy, OH 45373
Phone: (937) 339-7181
Fax: (937) 552-4330

 

Richard D. Nelson
250 E. Fifth Street, 12th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (513)333-5255

 

Elliott Polaniecki
9000 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513)793-5999
Fax: (513)793-4691

 

Matthew Schaeffer
10 West Broad Street, Suite 2100
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614) 229-3289

 

Norman L. Slutsky
10979 Reed Hartman Highway,
Suite. 212
Cincinnati, OH 45242
E-mail: nslutsky@fuse.net
Phone: (513) 793-5560

 

Dennis E. Stegner
111 East Cecil Street
Springfield, OH 45504
Phone: (937)322-2161

 

Brent A. Stubbins
P.O. Box 488
Zanesville, OH 43702
E-mail: bstubbins@swbwlawfirm.com
Phone: (740) 452-8484
Fax: (740)455-4124

 

Myron N. Terlecky
575 South Third Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: (614)228-6345
Fax: (614)228-6369

 

David M. Whittaker
Two Miranova Place
Suite 700
Columbus, OH 43215
E-mail: dwhittaker@isaacwiles.com
Phone: (614) 340-7431

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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