Kansas Bankruptcy

You may or may not know that bankruptcy laws and resources vary from state to state. The following page provides Kansas bankruptcy information and resource links for the Sunflower State.



If you are not looking for information regarding Kansas, please use the links on the left to find information for your state.



Bankruptcy Courts - Location and Contact Information

Kansas bankruptcy courts consist of one district, which is further divided into three divisions. Kansas residents may file a bankruptcy petition at any one of the three divisions. As a general rule, bankruptcy hearings will take place at the location where the bankruptcy petition is filed.

DIVISION STREET ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS TELEPHONE
Wichita
Division
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
167 U.S. Courthouse
401 N. Market
Wichita, KS 67202
Same (316) 269-6486
Kansas City
Division
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
161 U.S. Courthouse
500 State Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66101
Same (913) 551-6732
Topeka
Division
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
240 U.S. Courthouse
444 S.E. Quincy
Topeka, KS 66683
Same
(785) 295-2750

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Kansas Bankruptcy Laws and Exemptions

Kansas Exemptions

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code allows individual debtors to exempt certain property from creditor claims based on exemptions under either federal law or state law. Exemptions vary from state to state. Some states have adopted their own set of bankruptcy exemptions that are used in place of the federal exemptions. However, other states give debtors an option to choose between either state or federal exemptions.

For Kansas bankruptcy filings, state exemptions are used. Click here to llook up common bankruptcy exemptions for Kansas (Chapter 60, Article 23).

Contact a Kansas bankruptcy lawyer for more information regarding Kansas bankruptcy exemptions.

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Kansas Means Test

The new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005 also require that debtors pass a means test before filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are two ways to pass the means test:

1. the debtor's annual income (calculated using the average gross income for the six month period prior to filing) must be below the state median. Census Bureau statistics for state median income by family size can be found here (for cases filed between April 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013).

2. If income exceeds the median income, individuals may still file Chapter 7 bankruptcy based on results of Form 22A: Chapter 7 Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means-Test Calculation. .

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Kansas Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Agencies

Pursuant to the new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005, individuals who file personal bankruptcy (with limited exceptions) in Kansas must:

1. take a credit counseling course from an approved Kansas credit counseling provider within six months before filing bankruptcy; and

2. complete a debtor education course from an approved Kansas debtor education agency prior to receiving a bankruptcy discharge.

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Kansas Personal Bankruptcy Attorneys

To find Kansas bankruptcy lawyers in your area, you may want to contact your local county bar association or the Kansas Bar Association:

Kansas Bar Association
1200 SW Harrison
Topeka, KS 66612
(785) 234-5696

Based on income, free bankruptcy advice and representation may also be obtained from the following organizations: See the Kansas Legal Services' website for a list of organizations that provide legal services to low income clients in Kansas.

If you are concerned about the representation provided to you by a Kansas bankruptcy attorney, contact:

Office of the Disciplinary Administrator
701 Jackson St. 1st Floor
Topeka, KS 66603

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Other Resources

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Kansas - administrative and procedural information for Kansas bankruptcy filings

Office of the U.S. Trustee for Region 20 - oversees the administration of Kansas personal bankruptcy cases and case trustees

Kansas Bar Association - information about the Kansas bar, membership, ethics, continuing legal education, and resources for the public.

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