Chapter 7

Please note: The following is provided for informational purposes ONLY and should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority.

Chapter 7 Filing Requirements

The requirements listed below outline what documents must be filed at the time of case opening for cases under Chapter 7. New requirements pursuant to the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 are listed in boldface.

All documents listed are due at the time of case filing or within 14 (fourteen) days of the filing of the petition unless otherwise noted. Failure to timely file the required documents may result in the dismissal of the case.

Filing fee payable by cash (correct change required), money order, certified check, or attorney's check (for non-ECF certified attorneys), OR Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments OR Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (individual only - due at time of case filing). Please Note: ECF certified attorneys are to pay the filing fee on-line by credit card.
•Voluntary Petition
• Summary of Schedules
Statistical Summary of Certain Liabilities (Official Form B6-Summ2- Individual only)
•Schedules A-B and D-H(business), Schedules A-J(individual)
•Declaration Concerning Debtor's Schedules
•Statement of Financial Affairs
Indiv. DB's Stmt. of Compliance - Credit Counseling (Official Form 1, Exhibit D) (including Credit Counseling Certificate, Certification of Exigent Circumstances, or Motion for Exemption)
•Statement of Intention (individual only - due within 30 days of the petition, or before the meeting of creditors, whichever is first)
•Statement of Corporate Ownership (corporate cases only)
•Statement of Social Security Number (Official Form 21 - pro se individual debtor-due at time of case filing)
•Attorney Disclosure of Compensation (if represented by an attorney)
•Creditor Matrix in .TXT format OR Creditor Matrix on paper (due within 5 days of case filing)
Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Official Form 22A - individual only)
Financial Management Certification (Official Form 23 and certificate attesting to the completion of the personal financial management instructional course - due within the applicable time limit under Bankruptcy Rule 1007(c))
•Petition Preparer’s Notice to Debtor (Form B19) (only if petition preparer involved)

Pro Se Debtors: All documents that you file with the court will be available to the public on the Internet through PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) and the court's electronic case filing system (CM/ECF), EXCEPT Official Form B21 Statement of Social Security Number. CERTAIN PERSONAL DATA IDENTIFIERS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN OR SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS BEFORE YOU SUBMIT THE DOCUMENTS TO THE COURT FOR FILING. See Bankruptcy Rule 9037 and General Order 24.

See generally:
http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyResources/FilingBankruptcyWithoutAttorney.aspx

If you wish to receive by mail a file-stamped copy of any document you file, please provide an additional copy and self-addressed stamped envelope at the time of filing.