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Ch. 7 Bankruptcy Filings Dip in Eastern District

At the end of July 2017, year-to-date Chapter 7 filings are down compared to 2016 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. At the end of July last year the number of filings was at 5,284 and this year the number stands at 5,069. That is a 4% drop according to the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. However, Chapter 13 case filings during the same period have risen 3% from 2,403 to 2,480 according to the same source. Wisconsin is divided into two bankruptcy court districts. Our office is just a few miles from the dividing line between the two districts, the Eastern and Western Districts. Walworth County and Waukesha County bankruptcy cases are filed in the Eastern District and Western District bankruptcy cases include those filed by debtors from Rock County, Jefferson County, Dane County and Green County. Our office can file bankruptcy cases in every county in Wisconsin.