Bankruptcy question

I heard that someone I went to school with is in the bankruptcy process in San Francisco. How hard is it to get a copy of the paperwork (at least whatever is considered public records)? Is it possible to do so via the web? And what will the public records tell me? It’s someone I haven’t been in touch with for about fifteen years, so it’s not like I can call and ask how things are going.

Here are links for all the federal courts. Scroll down to the 9th Circuit for California. I don’t know what district San Francisco is in; if you put a gun to my head I’d say northern.

If you sign up for a PACER account, you should be able to search by name and get a copy of the bankruptcy petition as a pdf. This would contain the debtor’s assets, creditor matrix, income for the past several years, etc–pretty much everything except the debtor’s SSN.

This may be more than you want to know about a friend. Or not.

Thanks. I was wondering how much information was in the petition. I looked up the PACER account info, and it looks like it’s going to cost me $0.08 per page, which isn’t very much.

Why are you so interested in the bankruptcy of someone you haven’t seen in 15 years? Does he owe you money?

No, he doesn’t owe me any money. It’s entirely out of curiosity. I’m wondering what he’s been up to.