Once you decide to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the next step is to learn about the filing process. The articles below will help make the process more manageable. Below you can learn about:
Emergency Bankruptcy Filing
If you want to file for bankruptcy in a hurry to get an automatic stay, you can accomplish that (in most places) by filing
Converting Your Bankruptcy Case From Chapter 13 to Chapter 7
In cases where you can no longer maintain your Chapter 13 bankruptcy plan payments, your case can be converted to a Chapter 7 and your debts discharged.
Multiple Bankruptcy Filings: When Can You File Again?
If you file bankruptcy too soon after you have received a previous bankruptcy discharge, you cannot receive another discharge.
Where Do I File My Bankruptcy Papers?
Here's how to figure out the location of the correct court for your bankruptcy filing.
How Long Does Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Take?
You can count on a typical Chapter 7 bankruptcy case taking four to six months from the time you file to the time you get your discharge (the order that officially wipes out your debts).
Will Bankruptcy Court Clear Court Fines?
Find out how filing for bankruptcy can help with court fines.
Filing for Bankruptcy Without an Attorney
Whether you should file for bankruptcy without an attorney ("pro se") depends on the type of bankruptcy and the complexity of your case.
Options If You Can't Afford a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Lawyer
Here's what to do if you can't afford a Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney.
Divorce & Bankruptcy: Which Comes First?
Not sure if you should file for bankruptcy or divorce first? Here's what to consider.
Divorce During Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
What happens if you are in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and you decide to get divorced? Learn about your options.
How to Value Personal Property in Bankruptcy
When valuing your personal property in bankruptcy, use the current value. Here's how.
Forms You Must File in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Here's a list of the forms you must file in Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and where to find them.
How to Get and File the Bankruptcy Forms
Learn where to find the official bankruptcy forms, how to find out about local forms and requirements, and where to file your forms.
Forms You Must File in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Here's a list of the forms you must file in Chapter 13 bankruptcy, and where to find them.
Preparing for Bankruptcy: What to Do With Bank Accounts, Automatic Payments, and Utility Deposits
Plan for bankruptcy by moving funds in bank accounts, terminating automatic payments, and preparing for a utility deposit set off.
Should I File for Bankruptcy Before or After Foreclosure?
It's often advantageous to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy before you lose your home to foreclosure.
Which Should I Do First: File for Bankruptcy or Buy a Car?
Should you buy a car before or after filing for bankruptcy? Learn the pros and cons of each option.
Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee
If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee in full or in installments, you can file an Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived (Form 103B).