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Filing Requirements

The information provided here is for the most commonly filed bankruptcy case types.  This information is intended to answer frequently asked questions and is not to be interpreted as legal advice or to serve as a complete guide to what is required to be filed, provided or completed in your bankruptcy case.  This information is subject to change without notice. (Note: This information must be reviewed before following the after hours emergency filing process.)

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) - Filer's responsibility to redact certain personal identifiers
Filing without an attorney?
Requirements for People Filing Bankruptcy Without an Attorney
Chapter 7  - Liquidation
Chapter 11  - Reorganization
Chapter 12  - Adjustment of Debts of a Family Farmer or Fisherman with Regular Annual Income
Chapter 13  - Adjustment of Debts of an Individual (including married couples) with Regular Income

Corporations and partnerships, as well as those who wish to file a Chapter 9 (Adjustment of Debts of a Municipality) or Chapter 15 (Ancillary and Other Cross-Border [Foreign] Cases) case must be represented by an attorney.  Individuals, including married couples, can file bankruptcy without legal representation (“pro se”), however, the bankruptcy laws can be very confusing and we recommend that you seek legal counsel if possible.

Most of the forms on the following pages are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require software to view and/or print.  There are many pdf readers available on the internet, including Adobe Acrobat Reader, which may be downloaded free of charge from the Adobe web site.  Please proceed with caution when downloading programs from unknown websites.


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