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Chapter 7 Checklist

NOTE: Effective December 1, 2015, most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised versions. The revised forms and other related information can be found on the U.S. Courts website at Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms. The revised forms MUST be used as of December 1, 2015.

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The following are required to start the bankruptcy (minimum filing requirements):


Bankruptcy Petition Preparers Only

Due within 14 calendar days after filing the voluntary petition:

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ALERT-The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008 became effective December 19, 2008. The Act provides a temporary exclusion for Chapter 7 debtor(s) from the bankruptcy means test for Reservists and members of the National Guard called for no less than 90 days to active duty or homeland defense activity following September 11, 2001.The amendment applies only to cases commenced in the three-year period beginning on the effective date of the Act.

Meeting of Creditors (341 Meeting)

Notice of bankruptcy case filing, meeting of creditors, & deadlines will be sent to the debtor and all creditors listed on the matrix within 7 to 10 business days. The debtor (both spouses in a joint case) must be present at the meeting to be questioned under oath by the trustee and by the creditors. Pro se debtors should also be familiar with Bankruptcy Code § 521Rule 4002 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.

  • Due 7 days before the date set for the Section 341 meeting of creditors: Provide the trustee with a copy of the Federal income tax return (or transcript of return) for the most recent tax year ending before filing.
  • More information on the Office of the U.S. Trustee.

Due within 30 calendar days after filing the voluntary petition:

Due before the discharge is granted:

Jurisdictional relevance: US

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