April 1, 2020

Tennessee Bankruptcy Court Web Sites are Sources of Useful Information

Clark and Washington encourages our clients to make use of accurate and free information about bankruptcy that is readily available on the Internet.  Not everything published on the Internet is accurate, of course, but there are a number of web sites that can you trust.

An excellent resource for bankruptcy debtors who file in Chattanooga or Knoxville is the official website for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  This site contains links to bankruptcy forms, local court rules, written opinions of the judges and general information about the bankruptcy process.   For filers in Nashville, the website for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee will be an online destination that you should visit.   For individuals filing in Memphis or Jackson, you can check out the web presence of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

You should also be aware that federal courts in Tennessee are part of the 6th Federal Judicial Circuit.  This means that other that Supreme Court decisions, rulings by 6th Circuit appellate judges will control how Tennessee bankruptcy judges interpret the law.  Circuit Court or Supreme Court bankruptcy opinions are usually not something that a typical bankruptcy debtor needs to worry about but you should be aware of this hierarchy within the federal bankruptcy courts if you are researching bankruptcy and you run across an opinion from a California bankruptcy judge or an appeallate ruling from the 2nd Circuit.

Clark and Washington lawyers spend time each week studying changes in applicable bankruptcy law and observing trends in the 6th Circuit and in other circuits.  Our firm makes internal continuing legal education a part of our practice and you can depend on Clark and Washington to be both knowledgeable and prepared to represent you when you call.