The example of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition which I previously posted has been updated as of April 2010 and can be found below. This filled out example has replaced the sample chapter 7 bankruptcy petition I lecture from at my self-help desk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills.
NOTE: Unfortunately, the original 2010 sample bankruptcy petition is no longer available for archival purposes. Displayed above is the latest 2017 version.
In this difficult 2010 calendar year, I continue to note that having an exemplar of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition remains an invaluable resource in assisting debtors through their Chapter 7 bankruptcy. As I have cautioned previously, this form should absolutely NOT be copied verbatim, but if used properly, I think you will find this example of a chapter 7 bankruptcy petition very instructive on many accounts.
Of course, qualified representation by a bankruptcy attorney is ideal. Every debtor is different and specific legal advise based on a complete understanding of an individual will tend to assure the best result in discharging your debts through the bankruptcy process.
On the other hand, equal access to the law is an important principle too and it is one that I take very seriously. Combined with the work I do at the self-help desk, I hope this helps in its small way as well.
If you still need some additional help and hiring a bankruptcy attorney is simply not feasible, I often recommend Nolo’s incredible resource on the topic of How to File For Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. It is one of the most comprehensive and inexpensive resources on the topic. It is also found in most public libraries.
UPDATE 2017: Further updates to this Example Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition have occurred. Please see 2017 Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition