How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

by Stephen Elias Attorney, Albin Renauer J.D.
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How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy by Stephen Elias Attorney, Albin Renauer J.D.

Your guide to a fresh start!

When you have more debt than you can possibly pay off, the bankruptcy system is there to help — and with  How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, you'll find the clear and user-friendly information, advice and forms you need to get through the entire process.

If you're considering bankruptcy, the reliable, up-to-date information in How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy will help you successfully complete your bankruptcy claim without breaking the bank.

First, you'll find out how to determine whether you qualify for Chapter 7 — and whether it's the best way to deal with your debts. Then you'll find out how to:

• decide if bankruptcy is right for you
• complete the official bankruptcy court forms
• prepare for the meeting of creditors
• cancel as much debt as possible
• keep as much property as you can
• deal with secured debts such as car loans
• keep your home, if possible
• rebuild credit afterward  

This edition has been revised to reflect changes to state exemption laws, which determine what property you'd get to keep in bankruptcy, and the latest court decisions. You'll also get up-to-date legal forms, including the line-by-line instructions you need to fill them out. Easy-to-use charts make looking up your state's laws a snap.

Please note: This book does not cover business bankruptcies, farm reorganizations or individual repayment plans (Chapter 13). For Chapter 13 bankruptcy, see Nolo's  Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781413319378
Publisher: NOLO
Publication date: 10/16/2013
Edition description: Eighteenth Edition
Pages: 440
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Until his death in late 2011, Stephen R. Elias was a practicing attorney, active Nolo author, and president of the National Bankruptcy Law Project. He was an important part of Nolo for more than 30 years, and was the author or coauthor of many Nolo books, including Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners. Other titles include Special Needs Trusts: Protect Your Child's Financial Future, How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, and Legal Research: How to Find and Understand the Law. He was also one of the original authors of Nolo's bestselling WillMaker software. Steve held a law degree from Hastings College of Law and practiced law in California, New York, and Vermont before joining Nolo in 1980. He was featured in such major media as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Good Morning America, 20/20, Money Magazine, and more. The blog he began on bankruptcy and foreclosure law continues at Nolo's Bankruptcy & Foreclosure Blog.

After receiving his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School in 1985, Albin Renauer worked for various public-interest law firms in the bay area and as a staff attorney for Chief Justice Rose Bird of the California Supreme Court.  He spent 17 years as an editor at Nolo, where he helped create numerous books and software programs, including the bestselling WillMaker. He also edited Law on the Net, the first online directory of legal resources and was the architect of Nolo’s Webby Award winning website during the dot-com boom.  Currently, Albin is an independent web and database developer and Webby Award judge. His latest project is, an online companion to his How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy designed to help debtors file for bankruptcy.

Baran Bulkat, contributing updater for the 18th edition, is a consumer bankruptcy attorney practicing in Southern California. He has authored numerous bankruptcy articles on as well as other bankruptcy sites in the Nolo Network. He received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and his law degree from California Western School of Law. Baran has been practicing bankruptcy law exclusively since graduating from law school.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are staying up nights, trying to figure out how to stop creditor phone calls and harassment...and seek a fresh start in your financial life, this book is like a breath of fresh air. Both parties in Congress have been paid off by lobbies for big banking and credit card companies to support HR 333, the egregiously misnamed "Bankruptcy Reform and Consumer Protection Act..." The only consumers protected are politicians, who have accepted millions of dollars in contributions to support this destruction of your ability to obtain a 'Fresh Start' chapter 7 bankruptcy discharge. You can see your representative's money haul on this terrible bill at . NOLO.COM, publisher, has been harassed by the State of Texas and their lawyers, for costing them their fees to file these relatively simple forms. Don't expect this to be really easy, but if you have the time available to save legal fees, this is a great book with all necessary forms for most courts. It is certainly helpful to have a computer to print forms, available from NOLO.COM, or your local bankruptcy court site. I did it, with only one visit to the courthouse. It is a lifesaver. Hold your head up high, kiss your bills goodbye, and don't let it get out of hand again! Good luck!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have reached a point that you need to file bankruptcy, the last thing you want to do is incur unnecessary attorney fees to get the filing completed. On the other hand, if you try to go it alone and you make a mistake, that mistake could cost you far more than what an attorney would have charged. Your best course is to find an attorney that specializes in filing simple Chapter 7 petitions; they typically charge a flat fee of just a few hundred dollars. But if even that amount is too much, this guide will show you how to prepare and file your own documents. Be forewarned though -- as good as this guide is, every Bankruptcy Court has its own local rules, so expect two or three trips to the courthouse to finally get the job done.
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Whether you are just contemplating the process, using an attorney, or considering this step on your own... the book will be useful and beneficial. I am working with an attorney and the book helped me with the paperwork and generated a number of questions to ask that proved beneficial in the process. The book provides sufficient detail to "go this on your own" too...I just wanted the benefit of the insight to help me go through the process...really crummy. I'd recommend the book...but suggest it is best to avoid the process unless you have no other we had has given us a new beginning.
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