Bankruptcy Court Information For Great Falls, MT

Great Falls, Montana 59405
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Residents of Cascade County, Montana file bankruptcy in Montana District Bankruptcy Court

4 courthouses serve the Montana District Bankruptcy Court.

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Cascade County.


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(Note: Court websites change often and links go out of date.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
Montana 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 Montana 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 - Montana District Bankruptcy Court

You're in luck! The Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana 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 - MT

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 Montana 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 Montana 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 Montana District Bankruptcy Court

Review the list of courthouses below and confirm that the one you'd like to use serves Cascade County.

Butte

Court Website info

Street Address: 

Mike Mansfield Federal Courthouse
400 North Main Street, 2nd Floor
Butte, MT 59701
Clerk's Office (406) 497-1240
Toll Free (888) 888-2530

 

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Great Falls

Court Website info

Street Address: 

Missouri River Federal Courthouse
125 Central Avenue West
Great Falls, MT 59404
Clerk's Office (406) 727-1922
Clerk's Office Fax (406) 727-7648

 

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Billings

Court Website info

Street Address: 

James F. Battin Federal Courthouse
2601 2nd Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
Clerk's Office (406) 247-7000
Clerk's Office Fax (406) 247-7008

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Missoula

Court Website info

Street Address: 

Russell Smith Federal Courthouse
201 E. Broadway
Missoula, MT 59802
Clerk's Office (406) 542-7260
Clerk's Office Fax (406) 542-7272

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Montana District Bankruptcy Court List of Private Trustees by Chapter

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

MONTANA

 

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

 

Christy L. Brandon
P.O. Box 1544
Bigfork, MT 59911
E-mail: christy@brandonlawfirm.com
Phone: (406) 837-5445
Fax: (406) 837-5420

 

Darcy M. Crum
300 Central Avenue, Suite 410
P. O. Box 2720
Great Falls, MT 59403 -2720
E-mail: dcrum@mcn.net
Phone: (406)727-8400
Fax: (406) 727-9895

 

Richard J. Samson
Christian, Samson & Jones
310 West Spruce
Missoula, MT 59802
E-mail: rjs@csjlaw.com
Phone: (406) 721-7772
Fax: (406) 721-7776

 

Joseph V. Womack
1001 S. 24th Street W.
Suite 318
Billings, MT 59102
E-mail: jwomack@jvwlaw.com
Phone: (406 )252-7200
Fax: (406) 252-4266