Will my friends or relatives find out if I file for bankruptcy?

January 17, 2012

Bankruptcy filings are public information. If someone knows that you have filed for bankruptcy, they can go to the court and look at what has been filed in your case. If you owe money to a friend or relative, they will receive notice of your bankruptcy filing. Aside from your creditors, it is highly unlikely that anyone would go to the effort of going to the clerk’s office to review your case.

Since the court schedules multiple hearings at the same time, it is possible that you might see someone you know at court. However, they are probably there for the same reason you are!


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