Bankruptcy Court Information For Johnstown, PA

Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15905
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Residents of Cambria County, Pennsylvania file bankruptcy in Pennsylvania Western District Bankruptcy Court

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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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

You're in luck! The Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 - PAW

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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania Western District Bankruptcy Court

Cambria County is served by the Federal Courthouse at Johnstown, PA
Penn Traffic Building, Johnstown, PA 15901. (814) 533-4246

Pittsburgh

Court Website info

Street Address: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
5414 U.S. Steel Tower
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412)644-2700

Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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Erie

Court Website info

Street Address: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
U.S. Courthouse
Room B160
17 South Park Row
Erie, PA 16501
(814)464-9740

Hours: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Mailing Address: 

Use the street address.

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Johnstown

Court Website info

Street Address: 

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Penn Traffic Building
Johnstown, PA 15901
(814)533-4246

Mailing Address: 

Use the Pittsburgh mailing address

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Pennsylvania Western District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

PENNSYLVANIA

 

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

 

 

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

Terry P. Dershaw
P.O. Box 556
Warminster, PA 18974 -0632
E-mail: dershaw@gmail.com
Phone: (484) 897-0341

 

Lynn E. Feldman
2310 Walbert Avenue, Suite 103
Allentown, PA 18104
Phone: (610) 530-9285
Fax: (610) 437-7011

 

Bonnie B. Finkel
P.O. box 1710
Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 -0091
E-mail: finkeltrustee@comcast.net
Phone: (856)216-1278

 

Robert H. Holber
41 East Front Street
Media, PA 19063 -2807
E-mail: rholber@holber.com
Phone: (610)565-5463

 

Gary F. Seitz
1628 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
8 Penn Center, Suite 1901
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: (215) 238-0011
Fax: (215) 238-0016

 

Christine C. Shubert
821 Wesley Avenue
Ocean City, NJ 08226
Phone: (609) 923-7184

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

Steven M. Carr
119 East Market Street
York, PA 17401
E-mail: Carr20@aol.com .com
Phone: (717)843-8968

 

Lawrence G. Frank
100 Aspen Drive
Dillsburg, PA 17019
E-mail: lawrencegfrank@gmail.com
Phone: (717)234-7455
Fax: (717)432-9065

 

Kara K Gendron
125 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
E-mail: karagendron@gmail.com
Phone: (717) 232-6650

 

Leon P. Haller
1719 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
E-mail: lhaller@pkh.com
Phone: (717)234-4178

 

John J. Martin
1022 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
E-mail: jmartin@martin-law.net
Phone: (570)253-6899

 

Lisa A. Rynard
240 Broad Street
Montoursville, PA 17754
E-mail: larynard@larynardlaw.com
Phone: (570) 505-3289

 

Jill M. Spott
108 North Abington Road
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
E-mail: jspottesq@sheilslaw.com
Phone: (570) 587-2600

 

Lawrence V. Young
135 North George Street
York, PA 17401
E-mail: lyoung@cgalaw.com
Phone: (717)848-4900

TRUSTEE(S) COVERING THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA

 

Eric E. Bononi
20 N. Pennsylvania Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601
E-mail: eric@bononilaw.com
Phone: (724) 832-2499

 

Natalie A. Cardiello
107 Huron Drive
Carnegie, PA 15106
E-mail: ncardiello@cardiello-law.com
Phone: (412) 276-4043

 

Rosemary C. Crawford
P.O. Box 355
Allison Park, PA 15101
E-mail: crawfordmcdonald@aol.com
Phone: (724)443-4757

 

John C. Melaragno
502 W. 7th Street
Erie, PA 16502
E-mail: johnm@mplegal.com
Phone: (814)459-5557

 

Tamera Ochs Rothschild
318 West Spring Street
Titusville, PA 16354
E-mail: trothschild@gmx.com
Phone: (814)827-2760

 

Jeffrey J. Sikirica
121 Northbrook Drive
Pine Township
Gibsonia, PA 15044
E-mail: trusteesikirica@zoominternet.net
Phone: (724) 625-2566
Fax: (724) 625-4611

 

Robert H. Slone
223 South Maple Avenue
Greensburg, PA 15601
E-mail: robertslone223@gmail.com
Phone: (724) 834-2990
Fax: (724) 834-1250

 

Joseph B. Spero
3213 West 26th Street
Erie, PA 16506
E-mail: jbspero@neohio.twcbc.com
Phone: (814)836-1011
Fax: (814)836-1140

 

Lisa M. Swope
219 South Center Street
P.O. Box 270
Ebensburg, PA 15931
E-mail: lms@nsslawfirm.com
Phone: (814)472-7151

 

Pamela J. Wilson
810 Vermont Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15234
E-mail: pwilson@pjwlaw.net
Phone: (412) 341-4323
Fax: (412) 341-2621

 

Charles O. Zebley, Jr.
18 Mill Street Square
P. O. Box 2124
Uniontown, PA 15401
E-mail: COZ@Zeblaw.com
Phone: (724) 439-9200