Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Forms
The availability of Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms from official sources
Schedule and document requirements are determined by the chapter selected. Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms are specific, and require conformity with extensive disclosure requirements. Common problems arise because of vague instructions, while expansive interpretations are contained in case law, local rules, and local custom & practices.
Official Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms online
All US bankruptcy Courts provide access to the current Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms through the Clerk's Office. In addition, forms are also available online through many Court's web site. Forms change frequently, and debtors filing pro se would be well advised to call the Clerk of the Court before relying on any form download online.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms - pleadings, disclosures & applications:
- Voluntary Petition
- Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments - Optional
- Debtor's Statement of Intent
- Statement of Financial Affairs
- List of Creditor - Mailing Matrix
Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms - schedules:
- A - Real Property
- B - Personal Property
- C - Exemptions Claimed
- D - Voluntary Secured Debts
- E - Involuntary Secured Debts
- F - Unsecured Debts
- G - Executory Contracts & Unexpired Leases
- H - Co-Debtors
- I - Current Income of Individual Debtors
- J - Current Expenses of Debtors
Note - Most US Courts require Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms submitted by attorneys to be in electronic format (i.e. via online account or in diskette form). Individual filers are usually allowed to submit paper Chapter 7 bankruptcy forms, but may further (probably) require individuals to follow the "Mailing Matrix Format" when submitting the List of Creditors. In essence, this format requires strict compliance to allow scanners to read documents and prepare a computer mailing list for the Court. Anyone who is not already familiar with the Clerk's filing process should call in advance and inquire about required documents, filing hours, fees, and local rules. Local Clerk's may require additional procedures or documents.