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Representing Yourself in Bankruptcy

General Legal Topics

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

The Bankruptcy Court is forbidden from providing debtors with legal advice but may provide legal information relevant to the bankruptcy process.
Ex Parte Communication: How Do I Communicate with the Court? When anyone talks, writes, or otherwise communicates directly with the judge about the case without the other parties involved in the case knowing what’s communicated, this is considered ex parte communication.
Service 101: Wait a Minute Mr. Postman! Debtors are frequently required to serve the documents they file. Service does not have to be scary. What is it? Why is it important? How do I do it? Here are some answers to frequently asked questions.

Bankruptcy Specific Topics

Bankruptcy 101: What is Bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding that allows debtors to consolidate debt collection efforts against them into a single proceeding and seek a discharge of all or most of their debts.

The Bankruptcy Bunch

There are many parties involved in a bankruptcy case. Who are they? What is their role?

Chapter 7 vs. Chapter 13

Most consumer debtors file a case under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13. Debtors must decide which is best for them.

Do Your Duty: Debtors’ Duties in Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy provides debtors with several benefits but also imposes several duties. Your case may be dismissed if you do not comply with certain statutory requirements and deadlines under applicable federal and local rules of procedure.
Making Sense of the Automatic Stay In most cases the automatic stay stops all collection efforts against a debtor when a bankruptcy case is filed. This is a great benefit to debtors, but it may not always apply depending on a debtor’s history of filing.

341 Meeting of Creditors

Debtors must attend a 341 Meeting of Creditors after filing a bankruptcy case. The Trustee assigned to the case examines the debtor at this meeting. Creditors and members of the public may also attend the meeting.

Show me the Proof: What is a Proof of Claim

A Proof of Claim is a form filed by creditors indicating the amount the debtor owed them on the date the bankruptcy case was filed.