Bankruptcy Process

If you decide to file for bankruptcy,
We will then prepare a Petition for Bankruptcy from the information you provided, and we will have you review it carefully. If you are filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, we will prepare a Chapter 13 plan as part of the Petition. This plan sets forth a monthly payment amount to be distributed to your creditors over a period of time.

Initial Consultation
At your initial consultation, you will need to provide us with some basic information such as information on your debts and information about property you own. We would also like to see your most recent pay stubs and tax returns. After reviewing this information with you, we can discuss your finances and concerns, and we will propose a recommendation for action.

After You Sign

If you decide to file for bankruptcy, we will then prepare a Petition for Bankruptcy from the information you provided, and we will have you review it carefully. If you are filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, we will prepare a Chapter 13 plan as part of the Petition. This plan sets forth a monthly payment amount to be distributed to your creditors over a period of time.

Next, the Court sets a date for a meeting of creditors , and notifies your creditors. The meeting takes place approximately one month after filing. This is usually a brief, hearing which we will attend with you. The trustee will ask you about your assets and your outstanding debt. Your creditors can attend too (however, most times they do not).

If You are filing Chapter 13

The trustee reviews your plan at the meeting of creditors to ensure it is feasible. A confirmation hearing is then held a few weeks later (which you usually do not need to attend), where the Court determines whether it approves your Chapter 13 plan. You or your employer will make monthly payments in accordance with your plan, which the trustee distributes over a set period (usually between three to five years).

If you are filing Chapter 7

Your case will generally be discharged after approximately three months. You will receive a Notice of Discharge from the Court eliminating your debts. Under a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, the Court issues a discharge once you have made all your payments. After discharge, creditors are prohibited forever from collecting these discharged debts.