To learn about Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy or find bankruptcy forms and instructions, these consumer-friendly websites can provide the information you need. (For tips and resources on finding laws and doing legal research online, check out Nolo's Legal Research section.)
Nolo's Bankruptcy Law Section
Easy to understand, comprehensive information on Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The articles and FAQs start with an overview of each type of bankruptcy and then provide the information you need before you file, during your case, and after the bankruptcy is over. You can also find lots of information on bankruptcy alternatives, so you can decide if bankruptcy is your best option.
Nolo's Affiliated Bankruptcy Site
Nolo's editors built thebankruptcysite to compliment our own bankruptcy section with more in depth information on bankruptcy laws, exemption laws per state, bankruptcy process information and much, much more.
American Bankruptcy Institute's Consumer Bankruptcy Center
On this site, you'll find the ABI's "Bankruptcy Pro Bono Resource Locator," a national directory of lawyers or centers offering free or low-cost bankruptcy services for eligible debtors. The site also has basic bankruptcy information and FAQs.
This website has an interactive means test calculator, to help you determine if you will qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This site also provides specific information based on where you live, like links to your local bankruptcy court and state bankruptcy forms, the median income in your state for purposes of determining Chapter 7 eligibility, and your state law bankruptcy exemption amounts.
Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LII)
On one handy page, you'll find links to all sorts of laws relating to bankruptcy, including federal bankruptcy statutes, rules and cases, state bankruptcy statutes and cases, and scholarly articles about bankruptcy.
National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)
The NFCC website provides general information about bankruptcy and more specific information about bankruptcy counseling. It has a national directory of local member agencies -- nonprofit credit counseling agencies staffed by NFCC-trained, certified counselors. Counselors can provide pre-bankruptcy counseling as well as counseling regarding debt, credit, and foreclosure issues.
U.S. Court Website Bankruptcy Information
Here you'll find the U.S. Court's "Bankruptcy Basics," an online manual with information about each type of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7 and 13 and other Chapters used by businesses, municipalities, farmers, and fisherman. This site also has interactive bankruptcy forms that you can fill out online, a complete copy of the bankruptcy rules, links to local bankruptcy court websites, and a list of bankruptcy filing fees.
U.S. Trustee's Website
The U.S. Trustee website has information about avoiding bankruptcy foreclosure fraud and other bankruptcy scams. The site also maintains an up-to-date state-by-state list of approved credit counseling agencies and debtor financial management classes.
Nolo's Debt Management & Collection Agencies Section
One-stop shopping when it comes to coping with financial trouble. The website includes comprehensive information on , dealing with debt and credit problems, handling collection agencies, dealing with student loan debt, repairing credit, and more.