How Can I Find Out If Someone Has Filed Bankruptcy?

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To find out if someone has filed bankruptcy, obtain an account with the Public Access to Court Electronic Records. Access the U.S. Party/Case index, and then search for the name in question.

  1. Obtain a PACER account

    Apply for a PACER account. PACER is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online.

  2. Access the case index

    Navigate to the U.S./Party Case index, a national index search tool.

  3. Search for a name

    Submit a name in the search tool. The resulting report includes the party name, case number and jurisdiction in which the case was filed. It also allows access to the case’s docket.