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If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court.
Read about where to file your lawsuit or case. Information on jurisdiction and venue.
This section will give you general guidelines for how to best prepare yourself for court.
Whatever the reason, you have the right to represent yourself, to be your own lawyer in all cases in California.
Bankruptcy Basics provides general information about federal bankruptcy laws and the bankruptcy process. It is not a guide for filing for bankruptcy.
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.
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 Constitution; Executive and Administrative Laws; County, Appellate, Supreme Court, and Federal Districts; State Legislation; and Legal Guides.
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.
Requirements for filing documents with the court.
Need help with your credit? Take a look at a list of credit counseling agencies in California.
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 you owe past due federal taxes that you cannot pay, bankruptcy may be an option.
Requirements, details, exemptions, and processes.
Official bankruptcy court forms and instructions.
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.
This fact sheet describes the United States Trustee's primary responsibilities in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases.
Learn about civil cases that involve financial issues, including contract disputes, property damage, injury, unpaid debt, and bankruptcy.
State offices, district attorneys (DA), and government regulators.
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).
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Free or Low cost Bankruptcy help in San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, and Los Angeles.
Bankruptcy is not for everyone. Use this tool to explore alternatives.
How to send a written summary to the federal government.