INFORMATION YOU WILL NEED TO FILE BANKRUPTCY
On this page you will find many of the documents you will need in order to file and some of the actions you will need to take. It is not an absolute necessity that you have ever single thing the first time you come to see us, but, the more prepared you are, the quicker your case can be filed if you choose to file.
Copies of Tax Transcripts or Tax Returns
The Bankruptcy Code requires that everyone who files a bankruptcy must present evidence that they have filed tax returns for the most current year and the three years immediately preceding. If you are not required to file taxes because you did not earn enough in a particular year or for some other reason, we can prepare an affidavit to file with the Court to that effect.
Please bring copies of your actual returns if you don’t have transcripts prior to your appointment.
Payroll stubs for the most recent six months of income ending in the month prior to the month your case is filed. Payroll stubs for most people are the actual stub you get from your employer each payroll period. A printout of them works if it itemizes the income by pay period and accurately itemizes all deductions.
This information is needed to complete the means test that helps to determine which Chapter you can file under and what your payment will be if you are in Chapter 13. This applies to all income received. For example: Child Support, Alimony, Food Stamps, Housing Assistance, Disability, Social Security, Unemployment, etc.
You must bring us copies of each person or company to whom you owe money regardless of whether you wish to keep paying the debt or not. That said, you will often have the ability to determine what happens to that debt after filing.
We also always need copies of the most recent statements you have showing the balance due on your home notes and vehicle notes (vehicles include cars, trucks, atv’s, rv’s, boats, motorcycles, etc.). We also need to know the mileage on your vehicles.
That kind of information is why you come to us. If you don’t have a statement, please write down the name and address of the creditor, account number, total balance due and (if this applies) monthly payment. If you are being sued, a copy of the Complaint filed against you or other document that shows who is suing you, the Court in which it was filed and the attorney for the moving party will be needed. Please remember that willful failure to list all creditors in a bankruptcy filing is punishable by severe fines from the bankruptcy Court.
Finally, a recent credit report is always helpful. If you do not have one, we will run a consumer liability report for every case we file
We will need to make a copy of your driver’s license (or other picture ID) and Social Security Card (or other government document with your Social Security Number) to verify that we have confirmed your identity when consulting you.
The government is checking this much more closely as identity theft has become a major problem.
You will need to complete as fully and completely as possible the Client Information Sheet prior to your office visit. Filling this form out ahead of time will help to reduce the amount of time that your office visit will take.
Also, please follow these links to the official bankruptcy paperwork needed to file. By completing these schedules (either by filling in the blanks or writing/typing your answer on a separate page) will also help greatly speed up the processing time for your paperwork.
Any Additional Information
Please do not hesitate to bring in anything that concerns you whether you think it applies to bankruptcy or not. Let us decide whether it applies or not.
If your name is on the deed to someone else’s property or you co-signed for someone else’s car, that matters and we need to know so that you can best protect that person (if that is a concern to you).
Copies of Divorce Decrees if you have been divorced.
Child Support & Alimony Statements
The name, address and phone number (if available) of anyone to whom you (or your spouse) pay child support or alimony or any other kind of Court Ordered Support payment.
Mineral Rights (Optional)
If you have any interest in mineral rights, please provide that information.
Personal Property Assessments
Most recent real & personal property assessments.
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Of course, the information contained on this website is merely general information and the facts and circumstances of your individual case may vary and should contact us to receive proper legal advice. This list is not all inclusive and we may need more or less documentation depending on what we discuss in your consultation -- Contact our office to arrange your FREE consultation.