Locating Out of Business or Bankrupt Firms


There are a number of ways you can locate a firm which may have gone out of business.

  1. Visit their location to see if there is a sign for a new address. Check with companies near by and with the building landlord to see if they know the company's whereabouts.

  2. Send a certified letter to the firm at its last known address. Request a return receipt which shows where the letter was forwarded and to whom it was delivered. Ask the Post Office and telephone company for any forwarding instructions.

  3. If you paid by check, examine the back of the check and contact the bank where it was deposited. If you paid by credit card, notify your card issuer that you are not paying the charges until you receive your merchandise.

  4. Check with the New York State Division of Corporations, New York Department of State, 270 Broadway, New York, NY 10007 and the County Clerk in which the business was located.

  5. Contact the US Bankruptcy Court in the district where the business is located. To help the court locate the information, tell them the last known name and address of the firm, and your name, address and phone number. Ask them to provide you with the docket number for the case and the name of the judge.

In Manhattan or the Bronx, the Bankruptcy Court address is:

One Bowling Green
6th Floor
New York, NY 10004

For Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island, the address is:

75 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY

For Nassau County, the address is:

1635 Privado Road
Westbury, NY

For Suffolk County, the address is:

601 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY

For Westchester County, the address is:

101 East Post Road
White Plains, NY

For Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Sullivan Counties, the address is:

PO Box 1000
Poughkeepsie, NY


March 1996