What documents do i need to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy?

Chapter 7 bankruptcy

"Liquidation" bankruptcy

Required Documents To File A Petition:

Tax Returns

Federal and State Tax Returns for the last two (2) years. If you are missing returns, W-2's or schedules tell your legal assistant and they will help you obtain them.


Pay Stubs

When your petition is filed you will need the last six months of pay stubs.


Bank Statements


Bring in your bank statement for the last 90 days. 


Retirement Accounts


Print off the one page summary of your retirement plan showing how much is in the plan.


Garnishments, Wage Deductions, Lawsuits or Court Summons


If you have them, bring them. If not, tell your legal assistant and he or she can tell you how to get them.


Documents We Will Get For You Or Help You Get


Real Estate Tax Bills


This helps to show your home’s value. Our legal assistants can usually get these for you online.


Business Or Other Income


We will help you prepare your small business profit and loss statements for the Trustee.


Child Support Questionaire

You are required to fill out a child support questionaire. You will need the basic information. The amount and who you pay, how much you pay and where you pay.


Life Insurance Information


Tell us if you have life insurance. Is it employer provided or is insurance you purchased? If you have the front sheet or a summary sheet, bring it to us, otherwise we will help you find the type of insurance you purchased.



Your Credit Counseling Certificate

For a list of approved courses you may contact our office.This course usually is a $10 charge. We will need this Credit Counseling Certificate just before you file. Do not obtain it too early. They expire!


Copies of your Credit Reports

FREE! Look on the back of your Debt Sheet and it will tell you how to obtain your credit report by internet, mail or phone.