Bankruptcy Court Information For Grady County, OK

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Residents of Grady County, Oklahoma file bankruptcy in Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

1 courthouse serves the Oklahoma 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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Western 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 - Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Western 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 - OKW

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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court

Oklahoma City

Court Website info

215 Dean A McGee Ave, Ste 147
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Maps: Google - Yahoo

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Oklahoma Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

OKLAHOMA

 

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

 

 

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA

 

Charles Greenough
Two W. Second St., Ste. 1100
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 587-0000
Fax: (918) 574-3105

 

Luke A. Homen
10313 Greenbriar Parkway
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
E-mail: trustee@lukehomenlaw.com
Phone: (405) 639-2099

 

Scott P. Kirtley
502 W. Sixth Street
Tulsa, OK 74119
E-mail: skirtley@riggsabney.com
Phone: (918) 587-3161
Fax: (918) 583-1549

 

Kelley G. Loud
15 E. 5th St., Ste. 3700
Tulsa, OK 74103
E-mail: kloud@titushillis.com
Phone: (918) 587-6800

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA

 

Charles Greenough
Two W. Second St., Ste. 1100
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 587-0000
Fax: (918) 574-3105

 

Luke A. Homen
10313 Greenbriar Parkway
Oklahoma City, OK 73159
E-mail: trustee@lukehomenlaw.com
Phone: (405) 639-2099

 

Scott P. Kirtley
502 W. Sixth Street
Tulsa, OK 74119
E-mail: skirtley@riggsabney.com
Phone: (918) 587-3161
Fax: (918) 583-1549

 

Kelley G. Loud
15 E. 5th St., Ste. 3700
Tulsa, OK 74103
E-mail: kloud@titushillis.com
Phone: (918) 587-6800

 

Patrick Joseph Malloy, III
401 S. Boston, Ste. 500
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 699-0345
Fax: (918) 588-1314

 

Steven W. Soule
320 S. Boston, Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74103
Phone: (918) 594-0400
Fax: (918) 594-0505

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF OKLAHOMA

 

Kevin M. Coffey
435 N. Walker, #202
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: (405)235-1497
Fax: (405)606-7446

 

Douglas N. Gould
5500 N. Western Ave., Ste 150
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 286-3338
Fax: (405) 848-0492

 

Susan J. Manchester
1100 N. Shartel
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: (405) 278-8880
Fax: (405) 278-8882

 

John D. Mashburn
1616 E 19th Street, Suite 301A
Edmond, OK 73013 -6519
Phone: (405) 726-9795
Fax: (405) 726-9796

 

Lyle R. Nelson
Two Leadership Square
211 North Robinson, Suite 1300
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: (405) 232-3722
Fax: (405) 232-3746

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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