Blog > 2021 > August > Documents You Need to File for Bankruptcy
Once you decide to file bankruptcy, your bankruptcy lawyer will give you a form to fill out and a list of documents to gather. It might seem overwhelming when you first look at everything you need, but if you take it one step at a time, you’ll find that it’s easier than you think. It is a time-consuming process, so take some time every day to work on it. Remember that your attorney cannot file the bankruptcy without all the information, except in emergency cases.
Suppose you are trying to stop a court action, such as home foreclosure, and the bank is ready to take your home in a few days. In that case, your attorney can file a petition with basic information. This will include your name, the type of bankruptcy you’re filing, and an estimate of your assets and liabilities.
However, once the attorney files the bankruptcy and the automatic stay stops the foreclosure process, you have very little time to produce all the documents needed to complete the bankruptcy schedules. To keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed, you should contemplate bankruptcy at least a month before any action the court might take to complete the foreclosure.
You can separate the documents you need into sections to make it easier. You will need:
The laws have recently changed. You can now deduct up to $600,000 in equity. Meaning, you might be able to keep your home, even if it is in foreclosure. If you have enough income to file Chapter 13, you can pay any arrearages in payments, in most cases. However, you will have to keep your payments current from the time you file.
If you have financial problems, contact a bankruptcy attorney at SM Law Group, APC, for a consultation to learn more about your rights.
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