How to file a chapter 7 bankruptcy starts with your bankruptcy petition. This Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition has been revised, improved and updated for 2016. Please see it below for your view and use:
Please do not copy the contents of the above 2016 Sample Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition verbatim. It should be used only as an exemplar. Regardless, it should be instructive and help you fill out your Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Petition in 2016 and perhaps even somewhat instructive as things change in the years ahead.
The self-help desk at the United States Bankruptcy Court in Woodland Hills where I often lecture is an excellent resource to gain additional help in filing for bankruptcy. I will be very proud in 2016 to continue, as I have for many years, to volunteer for the Public Counsel’s Debtor Assistance Project.
I hope this sample Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition empowers you as a Pro Se Debtor (not represented by a bankruptcy attorney) in helping to answer your questions about how to complete a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. However, if you decide you need to retain 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: