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Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
If you plan to file for bankruptcy protection, you must get credit counseling from a government-approved organization within 18 days before you file. You also have to complete a debtor education course before your debts can be discharged.
The FAQ information presented here is accurate as of the date of publication, but it should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. It is highly recommended that individuals consulting these FAQs obtain legal advice from a qualified attorney.
Requirements for filing documents with the court.
This publication is not intended to cover bankruptcy law in general, or to provide detailed discussions of the tax rules for the more complex corporate bankruptcy reorganizations or other highly technical transactions.
Official bankruptcy court forms and instructions.
If you owe past due federal taxes that you cannot pay, bankruptcy may be an option.
If you or someone you know is in financial hot water, consider these options: self-help using realistic budgeting and other techniques; debt relief services, like credit counseling or debt settlement from a reputable organization; debt consolidation; or bankruptcy.
If your employer has filed for bankruptcy, it means that the business is no longer able to pay off its debts to its creditors, and the company has asked the court to help it either plan a repayment schedule (“Chapter 11” bankruptcy) or sell off all its property and use the money to pay off the creditors (“Chapter 7” bankruptcy).
This fact sheet describes the United States Trustee's primary responsibilities in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases.
Bankruptcy Basics provides general information about federal bankruptcy laws and the bankruptcy process. It is not a guide for filing for bankruptcy.
Free or Low cost Bankruptcy help in San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
Deciding whether to respond to the lawsuit; responding to the lawsuit; filing your papers in court; after you file your response; counter-suing the plaintiff; and steps in the court process.
Learn about civil cases that involve financial issues, including contract disputes, property damage, injury, unpaid debt, and bankruptcy.