IN THIS SECTION -- Pro Se (for those who are not represented by an attorney)

This page is primarily for bankruptcy case filers who are not represented by an attorney (pro se filers). Individuals may represent themselves in bankruptcy court. An attorney must file a bankruptcy petition for a corporation or a partnership. Filing a bankruptcy case is a complex undertaking. All parties must comply with the Local Bankruptcy Rules for the Western District of Tennessee, the United States Bankruptcy Code, and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Failure to do so may result in dismissal of the case or other sanctions.

The staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s office is not permitted to:

  • Assist with the preparation of the voluntary petition, schedules, or other documents,
  • Provide legal advice.

The staff of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s office can assist with a variety of other services, such as:

  • Receiving documents and filing fees,
  • Maintaining the dockets and Court Calendars,
  • Distributing court directives including notices, subpoenas and summons,
  • Responding to public inquires;
  • Servicing as a central resource of public information for the court.

The Bankruptcy Basics link will direct you to the Federal Courts section of You will find written information and videos describing the bankruptcy process, the relief it provides, and how to find the legal help you may need.