Bankruptcy

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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.

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 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.

Learn about civil cases that involve financial issues, including contract disputes, property damage, injury, unpaid debt, and 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.

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.

If you owe past due federal taxes that you cannot pay, bankruptcy may be an option.

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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.

This fee waiver corresponds to the Bankruptcy Court of Central District of California

This page provides general information on filing bankruptcy without an attorney and information on before and after filing. The electronic self-representation tool is also available through this page, which helps individuals file a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy petition.

This application waiver form corresponds the the Eastern District Bankruptcy Court of California

Experiencing a problem with a financial product or service? Such as loans, debt, money transfers or credit. File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Requirements for filing documents with the court.

This bankruptcy application fee waiver corresponds to the Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of California.

This application to have the Chapter 7 filing fee waived corresponds to the bankruptcy court of Southern District of Califronia.

You are able to file for bankruptcy without an attorney know as "pro se" filling. This page gives one information before, when, and after you file. It also includes other tips as well as the electronic self-representation tool that helps individuals prepare for a chapter 7 and chapter 13 petition.

This resource provides one with information and sample letters that can help if one is disputing a debt that one does not owe, already paid, requesting more informaiton, or you want the debt collector to stop contacting you or limit contacting.