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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out if I am listed as a creditor in a case?
If you received a “Notice of Bankruptcy Case” (Official Bankruptcy Form B309), you are listed as a creditor.
You may review the record of the case from PACER.
You may review the record of the case available in the Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.
How can I find a case number?
You can find case number and other case information anytime of the day or night from the “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” (PACER) website.
If the case has been filed in the Northern District of Oklahoma, the case number and limited case information is also available by calling the Multi-Court Voice Case Information System (McVCIS) at (866) 222-8029.
You may also visit or call the Clerk's Office at 918-699-4072 during business hours.
How do I file a proof of claim?
To file a proof of claim, begin by completing Official Bankruptcy Form B410 titled “Proof of Claim.” Please read and follow the instructions carefully. The “Proof of Claim” form, is available at the following link:
A completed proof of claim should then be filed by delivering it, either in person or by mail, to the clerk of the bankruptcy court where the bankruptcy case was filed.
If you are filing a proof of claim in a case filed in the Northern District of Oklahoma, you may mail it or bring it to the following address:
United States Bankruptcy Court
Northern District of Oklahoma
224 South Boulder, Suite 105
Tulsa, Oklahoma, 74103
What is a claim and how do I file one?
A claim is the creditor's right to receive payment on a debt owed by the debtor that arose on or before the date of the bankruptcy filing. See 11 U.S.C. §101 (5). A claim may be secured or unsecured.
A "proof of claim" is a form used by the creditor to indicate the amount of the debt owed by the debtor on the date of the bankruptcy filing. The creditor must file the form with the clerk where the bankruptcy case was filed.
The "Proof of Claim" (Official Bankruptcy Form B410), is available at the following link:
A company or individual has filed bankruptcy and owes me money. What can I do?
If you have received a “Notice of Bankruptcy Case” (Official Bankruptcy Form B309), read it carefully as this notice provides guidance to a creditor. A creditor is a person, corporation, or other entity owed money by the debtor that arose on or before the date of the bankruptcy filing. Generally, creditors may file a proof of claim by filing out the appropriate form, but the specific answer depends on many factors.
An attorney can provide information on how best to protect your interests if someone who owes you money has filed bankruptcy.
What is an adversary proceeding?
An adversary proceeding is a lawsuit arising in, or related to, a particular bankruptcy case. An adversary proceeding begins when a complaint is filed with the court and the appropriate fee is paid. This complaint is given a separate case number, and advances according to the court's policies. More information on adversary proceedings may be found in the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and the court's local rules.
Adversary proceedings are extremely complex; parties not represented by an attorney are strongly urged to consult a bankruptcy attorney when considering filing an adversary proceeding.
How do I file a motion for relief from stay?
The motion and appropriate fee should be submitted to the clerk for filing.
The local rules governing motions for relief from the automatic stay are available at the following link:
The current fees for filing a motion for relief from stay are available at the following link:
The assistance of an attorney is strongly recommended, and mandatory in certain circumstances, when filing a motion for relief from stay.
What is an automatic stay?
The U. S. Courts glossary defines the automatic stay as an injunction that automatically stops lawsuits, foreclosures, garnishments, and all collection activity against the debtor the moment a bankruptcy petition is filed.
Violating the automatic stay can have serious consequences. You are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance of an attorney before proceeding with collection efforts when an automatic stay is in effect.
Am I required to attend the meeting of creditors?
Creditors are welcome to attend the meeting of creditors, but are not required to do so. The scheduled date, time, and location of the meeting of creditors can be found on the front side of the debtor’s “Notice of Bankruptcy Case” (Official Bankruptcy Form B309).
How do I submit a change of address?
Forms are available on the court’s website for changing the address (Notice of Change of Address) of a debtor or creditor. Please follow the link below: