Friday, December 11, 2009

By George Rotterdam

When do you think about a bankruptcy database? The one that is used by the federal courts is known as PACER which can be accessed through the Internet only after paying a fee for such access. This database is especially important to attorneys since they need it to file their client's bankruptcy cases online.

It is also important because when there is greater number of filings, courts allows attorneys to use online means for filing for bankruptcy on behalf of their clients.

However, this bankruptcy database is not accessible directly to debtors who must thus engage an attorney if they want to find information through this means.

Another option available is to use one of the many independent bankruptcy databases that have been built up by many companies, these databases can be very useful when wanting information regarding a company you're thinking of dealing with or when you have two file for bankruptcy.

Searching bankruptcy databases

Bankruptcy databases give you tools that allow you to make queries to their database. You will find that you can search by state, city and even using the first few digits of zip codes.

In addition, you may want to locate information according to date such as filing dates, discharge date, dismissal date and even date of first meeting of which a 341 meeting is a good example.

Searching by the type of bankruptcy i.e. chapter-, Chapter 11 or chapter 7 may also be beneficial to you, you could also try out a combination of these to see if that gave you more relevant data.

Remember here that chapter eleven deals only with businesses while chapter thirteen is meant for individuals only, and even the majority of chapter seven's are for individuals as well.

In some cases you may even come across a bankruptcy database that provides information such as the amount of assets and or liabilities that the person or entity in question has.

It might surprise you to know but these bankruptcy databases can often show you actual physical addresses as well and give you the options to be able to filter out house addresses, PO boxes etc, etc.

Thus, as you can see, each different bankruptcy database has a lot of information that it contains and which can be accessed entirely or according to specific needs and it will prove to be very helpful under different situations.

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