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Collecting Documents to Support Bankruptcy Filing

Posted on Monday, January 5th, 2015    

One of the requirements of filing bankruptcy is that you must collect and submit certain paperwork in support of your application for relief. This is not negotiable; if you fail to turn in certain documents, the court can deny you protection under bankruptcy law. Therefore, it is very important that you gather and turn in the correct documentation to support your bankruptcy case in a timely manner.

When you retain a bankruptcy attorney like those at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento, you remove some of the pressure from yourself in gathering and turning in the right documents. Your attorney will collect most of the paperwork required for your bankruptcy filing; however, it is important that you respond to your bankruptcy attorney’s request promptly and hand over any documentation necessary for your case.

What Types of Documents Do I Need For A Bankruptcy Filing?

The types of documentation you need to file bankruptcy depend on the chapter under which you file as well as certain things about you. However, almost everyone filing bankruptcy will need to produce, at a minimum:

  • Tax returns. You will usually be required to show copies of tax returns for two years or to explain why you do not have returns. If you have not yet filed for the year, the trustee in your case may ask that you complete your filing before the discharge is granted.
  • Most courts ask for six months of paystubs if you are employed or proof of income from other sources such as Social Security or rental property.
  • Real estate value. Depending on where your bankruptcy is filed and the amount of equity you have in your home, you may be required to have an appraisal done of your real property. In most cases, however, an online valuation or broker’s price opinion is sufficient for home valuation.
  • Registration and insurance. If you own a car, you will be required to show registration and proof of insurance as well as any loan documents pertaining to your vehicle.
  • Bank statements. If you have savings or retirement accounts, it is important that you provide this information from statements or other documents. Failure to do so could lead to problems if the trustee believes you are hiding assets.
  • Child support and alimony. If you are required to pay child support or alimony, the court may wish to see a copy of the order that requires you to pay these support amounts.

If you have questions about filing bankruptcy, contact the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento for help.

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