When you file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you must complete and file a packet of forms. Here’s a list of the many forms you’ll need to file for Chapter 7, and where to find them.
The Official Bankruptcy Forms
Most, and possibly all, of the forms you’ll need to file are called the official bankruptcy forms. These are available online through the website of the U.S. Courts at www.uscourts.gov. Click on “Bankruptcy” and then “Bankruptcy Forms.”
The forms are found in two different sections:
Part I: Official Forms, Instructions, and Committee Notes. This is where you’ll find the forms you must file in Chapter 7, Chapter 11, Chapter 12, or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. You won’t need to file every form in this section. (See below for a list of the most common forms required.)
Part II: Procedural Forms and Instructions. This is where you’ll find forms that you might need once you’ve filed your case, or forms a creditor might use once you’ve filed, or forms that the court might issue.
You can complete the official forms online and print them out for filing.
Local Bankruptcy Forms
Your local bankruptcy court may require you to file a few additional forms. We don’t provide a list of those here, since they vary widely. And many local courts don’t require any forms other than the official bankruptcy forms. To learn where to find local forms, see How to Get and File the Bankruptcy Forms.
Forms You Need to File in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Here’s a list of the forms most people need when they file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Some of these, however, may not apply to your case. For example, if you are not requested a filing fee waiver, you won’t need to fill out Form B 3BA Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee.
B 1 Voluntary Petition. This includes the petition as well as Exhibits A, C, and D.
- Exhibit A – You only need to file this if you are required to file periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Exhibit C -- You only need to file this if you own or possess property that may pose a threat to public health or safety
- Exhibit D – Individual Debtor’s Statement of Compliance With Credit Counseling Requirement
B 3A Application and Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments
B 3B Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee
B6 Cover Sheet for Schedules
B6 Summary of Schedules
B 6A Schedule A – Real Property
B 6B Schedule B – Personal Property
B 6C Schedule C – Property Claimed as Exempt
B 6D Schedule D – Creditors Holding Secured Claims
B 6E Schedule E – Creditors Holding Unsecured Priority Claims
B 6F Schedule F – Creditors Holding Unsecured Nonpriority Claims
B 6G Schedule G – Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases
B 6H Schedule H – Codebtors
B 6I Schedule I – Your Income
B 6J Schedule J- Your Expenses
B 6 Declaration Concerning Debtor’s Schedules
B 7 Statement of Financial Affairs
B 8 Chapter 7 Individual Debtor’s Statement of Intention
B 21 Statement of Social Security Number
B 22A Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation
B 23 Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management (You must file this sometime after your case begins and before you get your final discharge.)
B 201A Notice to Consumer Debtors Under § 342(b) of the Bankruptcy Code (You will find this form under Part II: Procedural Forms and Instructions. Technically, you don’t have to file this form, but on the petition, Form B1, you’ll have to sign a statement saying you’ve read this notice.)