Local Forms Required by the California Eastern District Bankruptcy Court
Every local bankruptcy court has one or more additional special forms that you must file when you file the standard set of bankruptcy forms. All courts have special local requirements for the "mailing matrix" of the names and addresses of your creditors. Every court publishes very specific rules about how this list must be formatted so that the court can scan it into its computer system. Check your court's website (California Eastern District Bankruptcy Court) to find out its mailing matrix requirements, as well as other required forms. Such requirements are typically found in a list of local rules.
If you're lucky, your court may publish a special procedural guide specifically for debtors who are filing without a lawyer. Until recently, most courts, however, did not offer this kind of information on their web sites. That has changed a lot in the past few years and several courts offer very good information.
Local forms for the California Eastern District Bankruptcy Court and local rules can be obtained by clicking here
Local forms you're likely to need
Each district court has its own preferred format for the mailing matrix -- a list of of creditors that you must supply when you file, formatted in a certain way so that the court can scan it.
Matrix requirements can be found in the local rules or sometimes a separate instruction sheet available on the website.
Your court may also have a local requirements regarding any reaffirmation agreement you make with a creditor. Courts review such agreements closely to make sure the creditor is not ripping you off and that one creditor is not benefiting at the expense of others.
Other Useful Forms
Request for Transcript of Tax Return (IRS 4506-T)
Glossary of Bankruptcy Terminology
The U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Courts website offers a fairly decent, plain-English glossary of bankruptcy terminology, which can be helpful when reading local rules and forms.