Chapter 1How to have a Stress-Free Bankruptcy
Chapter 2What is Bankruptcy
Chapter 4What is the procedure?
Chapter 6What can Bankruptcy do for you?
Chapter 8Is Bankruptcy Bad?
Chapter 9What does Bankruptcy cost?
Chapter 10Can I file without my spouse?
Chapter 12Do I lose anything?
Chapter 13Does Bankruptcy "Ruin my Credit"
Chapter 14Can I keep bills off my bankruptcy
Chapter 16What about the Credit Union?
Chapter 18What about my car?
Chapter 19What about my House?
Chapter 20When do creditors stop bothering me?
Chapter 22Joint Accounts with Parents
Chapter 23When do I stop paying creditors?
Chapter 24Gas, Electric & Phone Bills
Chapter 26What Bankruptcy won't solve
Chapter 27Chapter 13 Debt repyament Plans
Chapter 28Will I be able to get credit again?
Chapter 29Bill Consolidation Loans
Chapter 30Bill Consolidation
Chapter 31Wage Assignments, Deductions and Levies
Chapter 32Student Loans
Chapter 33Can I get rid of Taxes
Chapter 34NSF Checks, Traffic & Parking Tickets
Chapter 35Surrendering Real Estate & Time Shares
Chapter 36Business Bankruptcy
Chapter 37Professional Persons
Chapter 38Do you ever "Not Get" a Discharge?
First, go to www.infotapes.com and click on "forms you can use" tab above. Print all the forms and fill them out. Get a free annual credit report by following the tab above. Fill in the debt list, starting with the largest, and listing everything down to the smallest. Do not list current expenses. Then, make an appointment with a bankruptcy attorney, and get some advice. Do not try to get anything other than general advice over the telephone. If your car needs a muffler, you a least let the mechanic look at it. Professionals work the same way.
If you are married, your spouse may be liable on any of your bills, and you should come in together.
Please leave small children with relatives if possible. Bring all your contracts, payment books and paperwork. Make a list of your creditors, starting with the largest, and include the name, address, zip code and total balance for each. If the debt is with a collection agency, list the debt as follows: First Bank c/o North Side Collections, at the address of the collection agency.
Write down the name and address of each creditor before you come in. We can send you a form for this purpose.
If you bring in your bills a good list of your debts and assets, together with all the supporting paperwork and bills, we can give you good advice!
Under Chapter 7, you submit a list of your debts, and a list of your assets. I only file Chapter 7 cases where your assets are exempt from creditors, and you will keep them. After your attorney files this list, or petition, the Clerk of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court sends notice that you will appear at a "meeting of creditors" to testify about your petition. That meeting is short, your attorney goes with you, and any creditors that want to ask you questions relating to your debt, can do so. Typical questions are: "Do you have a car?, What happened to the merchandise you bought?" and How much is your house worth?" These are questions you have already answered in your petition, so the "meeting of creditors" is often very short and painless.
Next, under Chapter 7, the creditors have 60 days to object to your discharge in bankruptcy. Your attorney will be working on any deals, or "reaffirmations", which creditors who financed your house or car or other things will want. Then the Bankruptcy Judge will issue a notice of a hearing on these "reaffirmations", at which time you will appear to state that you want to make these deals, and then, the Court will issue a "Discharge", which states that all dischargeable debts are gone. Of course, debts which are exempted from discharge will remain, such as certain taxes and student loans.
Under Chapter 13, you file a similar list of assets and debts, but at the first meeting of creditors, the purpose is to examine your proposed repayment plan. After that, the Bankruptcy Judge holds a hearing to approve or "confirm" your plan. Then, you simply make the payments until the plan is complete, and then the Court issues a discharge.
So, while there is a lot of work in figuring out what to do, preparing your petition, and dealing with your creditors, almost all of that is done by your attorney. All you have to do is show up where you are supposed to, and, for Chapter 13 cases, make your payments in full and on time.