Bankruptcy Documentation

Once you have decided to file for bankruptcy, it is important that you provide us with all relevant documents. Some documents are required to be turned over to the Trustee, while other documents assist us in filling out your petition and schedules accurately. Below is a comprehensive list of possible documents. It is unlikely that all of the documents listed below will apply to you, but you can use this list as a checklist of possible documents. You should provide us with all documents applicable to your case.

  • All pay stubs for the past 6 months if you are employed plus the full name of your employer and the address of the accounting department.
  • All other documents showing payment of income such as from the Social Security Administration, Veteran Affairs, Retirement, Disability, personal injury, workers compensation, unemployment, insurance, etc. for the past 6 months.
  • All Federal and State tax returns filed within the past four years.
  • Credit card statements or receipts for the past year.
  • All bank statements and registers for the past 6 months.
  • All real estate deeds, title examinations, appraisals, tax bills, closing documents and the declaration page from each insurer of real estate.
  • Vehicle titles, evidences of title, registrations, and the declarations page from each insurer of said vehicles.
  • All lawsuits that have been served upon you along with all answers and discovery filed by you.
  • All judgments recorded against you.
  • All liens filed against you for tax liens, material man’s liens, etc.
  • Notice of levies, garnishments, repossession and foreclosures
  • Notices from any tax collection agency.
  • Purchase contracts, notes, security agreements for all financed property such as real estate, vehicles, furniture, computers and other personal property.
  • Leases and rental agreements
  • Notices from all collection agencies
  • All divorce or separation related documents, settlement agreements, decrees and all court orders requiring alimony or child support or property and debt division.
  • All wills, trust and probate papers showing you are entitled to receive or inherit money or property.
  • All student loan related documents and correspondence.
  • Documents establishing annuities, IRAs, 401k plans, pension plans and other retirement investments.
  • Bills of any kind with balances owed.
  • Documents showing disability, incapacity or military service.
  • All financial software summaries and reports for the last two years.
  • Bills for utilities, rent, insurance, telephone services, internet, cell phone, cable or satellite for the past three months.
  • Prescription drug printouts from all pharmacies you have used for the past 12 months.
  • Statements for all installment purchases.
  • Documents showing all charitable contributions including a letter from your church showing you contributions since the beginning of 2006.
  • Documents related to private school tuition and expenses, including daycare.
  • Proof of all payments made for each vehicle, home or other real estate, and all other secured debts that you wish to keep.
  • If you are self employed or own a corporation or LLC, please provide the following additional documents related to each business:
    • Banking records for the last year
    • Equipment, furniture and fixtures owned by the business
    • Inventory
    • Accounts Receivable
    • Accounts Payable
    • Financial statements for the past two years showing income and expenses
    • Notes and Security Agreements
    • Real Estate Deeds
    • Contracts
    • Employee Records
    • Tax records for the past three years
    • Self employment retirement plans
    • UCC financing statements
    • Lawsuits and judgments
    • Corporate books, partnership agreements, operating agreements, buy-sell agreements, etc.
    • Factoring agreements
    • Franchise agreements
    • Small Business Administration loan documents
    • All other business loans.

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