As with all bankruptcies, Chapter 7 bankruptcies are a matter of public record and if people search they can find the names of all those who have filed. In general, the names of those who file are not published in the newspaper and friends and family do not find out without searching public records.
Denver Bankruptcy FAQ:
Bankruptcy Privacy: Personal
How filing for personal bankruptcy in Denver will affect your public record
Nothing. Bankruptcies are available mainly to help debtors but under law it is a creditors right to know whether or not a potential borrower has filed bankruptcy.
Bankruptcies appear on credit reports for between 7 and 10 years and creditors specifically check credit reports for bankruptcies during loan approval determination. Bankruptcies found on credit reports will not prevent all loans from being accepted, but in general it takes years to build up enough credit after a bankruptcy for creditors to start disregarding the bankruptcy appearing on a credit report.
In general, newspapers are not interested in the bankruptcy filings of individuals and it is very uncommon that a bankruptcy filing will ever be reported in a newspaper. Some newspapers have published bankruptcy filings in the legal notices section of the paper in cases where unidentified creditors may exist but this practice is rare.
Bankruptcies are a matter of public record, as they are legal proceedings, and if individuals look for your bankruptcy in the bankruptcy clerk’s office, they will find it. In general, most people do not search through public records to find out whether or not anyone they know has filed bankruptcy and it is rare that the general public finds out about the bankruptcy filings of individuals.
Bankruptcy is a matter of public record and it is possible for any bankruptcy which has been filed in the US to be viewed, however in most cases an individual’s friends, family, and co-workers would have no reason to want to find out and would most likely never know. If chapter 7 bankruptcy is declared there will often be calls for creditors to come forward in certain cases. However, the stigma that goes along with filing bankruptcy is starting to subside and people who file for bankruptcy are not seen the same way they were 30 years ago. Over one million Americans file for bankruptcy each year and most people have no reason to check through public records to look for specific names of bankruptcy filers and will never do so.