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Looking for a business model. Would like to buy assets (real

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Looking for a business model. Would like to buy assets (real estate, intellectual prop, etc.) at bankuptcy auctions. How do I gather info/listings about impending auction proceedings (and get the opportunity to sign stalking horse contracts and or bid at auction). Is there a systematic way to be privy to such information in an organized systematic manner?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Bankruptcy Law
Expert:  JoeLawyer replied 7 years ago.
I do not believe there is any system which really organizes bankruptcy sale data like it sounds like you are looking for, at least not that I have ran across.

However, you can probably get a PACER account, which stands for Public Access to Court Electronic Records, which is the electronic system now used to file and review documents in bankruptcy cases.

Different jurisdictions have different PACER access accounts and different features, but on some PACER systems you can sort filed cases by different criteria, so you may be able to sort by "asset cases" as opposed to "no asset cases," since "asset cases" are the ones in which the Court has decided to sell some asset of the debtor's to give money to creditors. If you can sort asset cases, then you can access the dockets to see what assets are going to be sold.

I hope this helps and a positive feedback is always appreciated if this was useful to you.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Thank you. Quick follow up. Do I need an attorney or legal assistant to show me how to navigate the system and then to train say a college student to do the repetitive work of reviewing the database? Can a layman without instruction pick it up in a few hours? What is the lowest level person to hire who can easily navigate the 'PACER databases' to glean information about asset sales? Who would I need to hire? Thanks
Expert:  JoeLawyer replied 7 years ago.
I think a layman with some computer savvy could pick it up relatively easily, but I think the court offers free training also (at least our local courts do, not sure about New York).

You can access the PACER site by clicking HERE, which includes the link to create a new account, FAQ, etc. It also has a training link.

You can get more information by going to the Bankruptcy Court website for the particular courts in which you are interested for searching for assets. Here's some links:

New York Bankruptcy Court, Northern District: http://www.nynb.uscourts.gov/
New York Bankruptcy Court, Southern District: http://www.nysb.uscourts.gov/
New York Bankruptcy Court, Western District: http://www.nywb.uscourts.gov/
New York Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District: http://www.nyeb.uscourts.gov/

Each of these websites have a PACER/ECF login and information about PACER for their specific jurisdictions.

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