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How Do I Get Information About an Illinois Bankruptcy Case?

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All bankruptcy proceedings are handled by the appropriate federal court. In the Chicago area, bankruptcies are processed by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Bankruptcy law is federal, and regardless of which court handles a bankruptcy, the laws and procedures are essentially the same.

Most parts of a bankruptcy file are considered public record, so the court makes them available for viewing and copying to the general public. If you're trying to find information regarding a past or current Illinois bankruptcy case, there are numerous ways you can do so. Although some bankruptcy courts may have slightly different procedures for obtaining copies of bankruptcy records, the bankruptcy court for Chicago offers the following options for retrieving bankruptcy records.

First, you can view electronic case information, including some scanned documents, through the court's PACER system. This requires opening a PACER account. Second, you can access some commonly-requested case information by calling the Voice Case Information System. Last, you can go to the bankruptcy court during normal business hours to view documents on their public service computers.

Although anyone can look at bankruptcy records, they are often filled with legalese and technical terms, and can be difficult to decipher. If you have questions about your bankruptcy case, it's best to contact a top Chicago bankruptcy lawyer. Even if you're mid-way through the bankruptcy process, hiring a qualified Chicago, Illinois bankruptcy attorney can ensure that the rest of your bankruptcy proceeds smoothly.

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