Claims

How to File a Claim in a Bankruptcy Case

There are three ways to file a claim in a bankruptcy case: (1) electronically; (2) using the CM/ECF system; or (3) by mail or in person.

Electronic Filing of Claims

A login or password is not required in order to file a claim electronically.  Rather, a creditor may file a claim in a bankruptcy case by clicking on the link:

Using the CM/ECF System

In order to file a claim using the CM/ECF system, you must complete a proof of claim form and follow the instructions below.  Before filing via the CM/ECF system, you must obtain a log-in name and password by completing the appropriate registration form on the Court's CM/ECF page.
 

By mail or in person

You may file a claim either by mail or in person by completing the proof of claim form and delivering it in person or mailing it to one of the Clerk's offices below where the case was filed as shown on the notice you received from the court.
For Chattanooga and Winchester:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office 
Historic U.S. Courthouse 
31 East 11th Street 
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2722 
 
For Knoxville:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office 
Howard H. Baker Jr. U.S. Courthouse 
800 Market Street, Suite 330 
Knoxville, TN 37902 
 
For Greeneville:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office 
James H. Quillen United States Courthouse 
220 West Depot Street, Suite 218 
Greeneville, TN 37743-4924.
 

Please be advised that the name and complete address of the creditor must appear on the proof of claim form.  If an attorney is filing the claim on behalf of a creditor, the attorney should also enter his or her name and address.  The name and title of the person authorized to file the claim is required on the proof of claim form.

Penalty for filing fraudulent claims: Fine of up to $500,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both.  11 U.S.C. §§ 152 and 3571

To receive an acknowledgment that you have filed a claim, you may enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with an extra copy of the proof of claim that we will stamp and mail back to you.  Or you may access the court’s PACER system (www.pacer.gov) for a small fee to view and/or save a copy of your filed proof of claim.