I can’t believe that it has been a couple years since I posted my first Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition. The Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition has been revised, improved and updated for 2013.
I continue to see Pro Se Debtors huddled around this Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills where I lecture on Thursdays. It remains routine to see Pro Se Debtors return 2-3 times to self-help to gain additional insight into how to fill out their petitions.
Of course, the material is also hopefully helpful as a sample to ALL debtors wherever you may reside given the general uniformity of these forms in the federal bankruptcy courts.
Below is a copy of the current 2013 Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition for your view and use:
Do not copy this information down verbatim. It should be uses only as an exemplar. Regardless, it should be instructive and help you fill out your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition.
The self-help desk is an excellent resource and I am very proud to volunteer for the Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project on a weekly basis. I believe firmly in empowering Pro Se Debtors and helping to answer their questions, but if you decide you need bankruptcy counsel please make sure to get the help and attention you need. The experience and insight of a good bankruptcy attorney is a valuable thing and can help you avoid the countless ways your bankruptcy can go awry.
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.
UPDATED Sample Bankruptcy Petition: