Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Checklist

Filing for bankruptcy can be complicated, time-consuming, and stressful. To help guide you through the bankruptcy process, this Chapter 7 bankruptcy checklist provides a step-by-step overview

Step 1: Evaluate the Advantages and Disadvantages

Step 2: Examine Bankruptcy Alternatives

Step 3: Determine Eligibility

Step 4: Assess Property

Step 5: Decide Whether to Reaffirm, Redeem, or Surrender Secured Debt

Step 6: Attend Credit Counseling

Step 7: Gather Important Documents and File the Paperwork

Step 8: Attend the Creditors Meeting

Step 10: Receive the Bankruptcy Discharge Notice

All items must be filed within 14 CALENDAR DAYS OF THE DAY YOU FILE THE PETITION OR YOUR CASE MAY BE AUTOMATICALLY DISMISSED

OFFICIAL FORMS – FILE AT LEAST THESE FORMS IMMEDIATELY (Documents due within 7 days of filing petition)

Filing fee of $335 (*as of June 1, 2014) (or application to waive or pay installments)
Voluntary Petition (Form B1)
Bankruptcy Petition Cover Sheet (Local Form)
Statement of Social Security Number (Form B21)
Exhibit D (See Form B1)
Certificate of Credit Counseling (obtained from agency) (or motion for exemption or waiver)
Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Debtor without Attorney (Local Form)
Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor Under § 342(B) of Bankruptcy Code (Form 201A & B)
List of Creditors (also called Matrix – see Matrix Guidelines at http://www.mieb.uscourts.gov)

 

DUE WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY YOU FILE THE PETITION

Schedule A (Real Property) (Form B6A)
Schedule B (Personal Property) (Form B6B)
Schedule C (Property Claimed as Exempt) (Form B6C)
Schedule D (Creditors Holding Security Interests) (Form B6D)
Schedule E (Creditors Holding Unsecured Priority Claims) (Form B6E)
Schedule F (Creditors Holding Unsecured Non-Priority Claims) (Form B6F)
Schedule G (Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases) (Form B6G)
Schedule H (Co-debtors) (Form B6H)
Schedule I (Current Income) (Form B6I)
Schedule J (Current Expenditures) (Form B6J)
Summary of Schedules (Form B6)
Statistical Summary of Certain Liabilities (Form B6)
Declaration Concerning Debtors Schedules (Form B6)
Statement of Intention (Form B8) **file within 30 days of filing or date of Meeting of Creditors
Statement of Financial Affairs (Form B7)
Statement of Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Form B22A)
Declaration and Signature of Non-Attorney Bankruptcy Petition Preparer (if applicable) (Form B19)
Disclosure of Compensation of Bankruptcy Petition Preparer (if applicable) (Form B280)

 

DUE 60 DAYS AFTER FIRST DATE SET FOR MEETING OF CREDITORS

Personal Financial Management Court Certificate (Form B23) w/ certificate provided by agency

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