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Chapter 7 Checklist

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Filing Fee: $335.00 Payable By: Attorneys may pay by check; money order; certified bank check; cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Personal and Third Party Checks cannot be accepted. Pro-se debtors must make all payments in cash (exact amount) or money order made payable to “CLERK, U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT.” Do NOT send cash through the mail.

If the debtor is an individual the fee may be:

  • Paid in installments. A signed application must be filed for the court’s approval Official Form 103A; or
     
  • Waived. The debtor must file a signed Official Form 103B: Application to have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived and Schedules I and J for the court’s approval.
     

YOUR CASE MAY BE DISMISSED IF YOU DO NOT FILE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ON TIME.

DOCUMENTS DUE AT TIME OF FILING OF BANKRUPTCY PETITION

DOCUMENTS DUE WITHIN 14 DAYS

DISCHARGE ELIGIBILITY

  • Personal Financial Management Course – Certificate must be filed with the court within 60 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors under § 341 of the code in order to receive a discharge [Official Form 423] Individual ONLY.

YOU MAY ALSO NEED TO FILE:
If you paid a petition preparer or you are represented by an attorney

PLEASE NOTE:

  • If certain documents are not filed within 45 days after the filing of the petition, your case may be automatically dismissed on the 46th day after the filing of the petition.
  • If your case is dismissed, you might not receive the full protection of the automatic stay if you file additional cases within one year.

 

NOTE: This checklist should be used as an information source and not as legal advice. You could consult an attorney for individual advice.