Documents Needed when Filing a Bankruptcy

If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, you should know which forms you will need. It is best to contact an attorney for more details about this.

The following is the list of the documents you will need when filing for either a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy:

  • State issued photo identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Copies or Originals of Creditors (Debts)
  • Federal & State tax returns for the past 2 years plus W’2
  • Six (6) months proof of income (paystubs or other source)
  • Three (3) months of bank statements
  • If you own real estate, a market analysis or an appraisal showing the value of the property
  • All documents showing payoffs on all secured debts such as mortgages, car loans or lease
  • Any pending lawsuits
  • Certificate of Credit Counseling
  • Copies of all educational, individual retirement accounts, medical savings plans and state tuition programs.
  • If you are self employed, you must provide bank statements for the last 6 months, profit & loss statements for the last 6 months, and proof of liability insurance.

In addition to the documents listed above, some attorneys may request additional documents but a local attorney would be able to assist with what is specifically required.