Nebraska Bankruptcy

Here you will find information and helpful resources for Nebraska bankruptcy.



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



Bankruptcy Courts - Location and Contact Information

Nebraska bankruptcy courts consist of one district, which is further divided into two offices. 

OFFICES STREET ADDRESS MAILING ADDRESS TELEPHONE

Omaha
Office
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
111 South 18th Plaza,
Suite 1125
Omaha, NE 68102
Same 402) 661-7444
Lincoln
Office
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
460 Federal Building
100 Centennial Mall North
Lincoln, NE 68508
Same (402) 437-5100

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Bankruptcy Laws and Exemptions

Nebraska 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 Nebraska bankruptcy filings, state exemptions are used. Click the following links for common exemptions pursuant to Nebraska law: homestead exemption, personal property.

Contact an Nebraska bankruptcy lawyer for more information regarding Nebraska bankruptcy exemptions.

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Nebraska 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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Nebraska Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Agencies

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

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

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

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Nebraska Personal Bankruptcy Attorneys

< p>To find Nebraska bankruptcy lawyers in your area, you may want to contact your local bar association or the Nebraska State Bar Association:

Nebraska State Bar Association
635 S.14th Street
P.O. Box 81809
Lincoln, NE 68501
(402) 475-7091
Toll Free: (800) 927-0117

Based on income, free bankruptcy advice and representation may also be obtained from the following organizations: See the websites for Legal Aid of Nebraska and the Nebraska State Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Project for information.

If you are concerned about the representation provided to you by an area attorney, visit the Nebraska Judicial Branch's website for information regarding filing a grievance.

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Resourcesfor Nebraska Bankruptcy Laws

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

Office of the U.S. Trustee for Region 13 - oversees the administration of Nebraska personal bankruptcy cases and case trustees

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

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