Q: How do I get a free bankruptcy record of my late husband from around 2001 from Hamilton County, KS?
A: The problem is with when the case was filed. Because it was before 2005, simply signing up as getting copies from PACER is not an option. PACER is a free govt service, as long as you use less than $10 of services in a calender quarter. Additionally, becase the case is so old, I doubt the attorney still has copies, as most attorneys only keep records for four to seven years. I recommend you go to the website for the court and download the form to order copies from the National Archive. There is a fee associated with the copies.
A: Bankruptcy cases in Kansas are filed in Topeka, Wichita, or Kansas City, Kansas. The Kansas Bankruptcy Court went live on the Case Management Electronic Case Filing (CMECF) system on June 1, 2004. The clerk of court had electronic records on another system prior to that date. Active cases were brought forward into the new system. Archived cases generally were not. You may check PACER at email@example.com to sign up for online search. The Kansas Bankruptcy Court PACER site is https://ecf.ksb.uscourts.gov/ If the case you seek is not on PACER, you may contact the Kansas Bankruptcy Court at www.ksb.uscourts.gov/index.php/court-info/general/3-hours for locator information for the case you seek and then contact the National Archives to obtain copies. http://www.archives.gov/kansas-city/. Thank you.
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