Attorney Jon Ginter
Documents Required for Bankruptcy
Like most legal processes, bankruptcy involves a lot of paperwork. We have to file a bankruptcy petition with the court that is usually 60-70 pages long, but that is just the beginning. I am also legally required by the court system to independently verify everything that is in your bankruptcy petition, meaning your income, expenses, debts, property, any transfers of property you made prior to bankruptcy, and other facts. I am also legally required to file your pay stubs and certain other documents along with your bankruptcy, and if I do not do that your case will get kicked out of court. For these reasons, please recognize that when I say I need certain documents before I can file your case, I really mean it. If you do not provide these documents in a timely fashion you are putting both of us in a bad position and it is likely going to delay your bankruptcy filing.
In order to do my job right, I’m going to need AT LEAST the following documents and I want them AT LEAST 7 days prior to the date you want to come in to sign your bankruptcy petition so that my office has time to get all the paperwork done correctly. If your case is an emergency I will do my best to work with you but I am not promising anything. For a more complete list of documents I might need in order to prepare your bankruptcy, click here.
-a copy of your mandatory pre-bankruptcy credit counseling certificate
-pay stubs for everyone in your household for the 6-month period ending in the month before you end up filing bankruptcy
-your most recently filed income tax return and your income tax return and/or w2’s from the year before that
-titles or memorandum titles to any automobiles in your name, even ones you don’t consider yours
-any documentation concerning debts you have. I recognize that you probably haven’t kept all of this documentation, but
please give me the documents you do have