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Chapter 7 Checklist (Individual)

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Filing Fee: $335.00 Payable By : Attorneys may pay by check; money order; certified bank check; cash or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discover). Personal and Third Party Checks cannot be accepted. Pro-se debtors must make all payments in cash (exact amount) or money order made payable to “CLERK, U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT.” Do NOT send cash through the mail.

If the debtor is an individual the fee may be :
- Paid in installments. A minimum payment of at least $40.00 and a signed application must be filed for the court’s approval [Official Form103A]; or
- Waived. The debtor must file a signed Official Form 103B: Application to have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived and Schedules I and J for the court’s approval.

DOCUMENTS MUST BE FILED WITHIN 14 CALENDAR DAYS OF FILING THE PETITION UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED. YOUR CASE MAY BE DISMISSED IF YOU DO NOT FILE THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ON TIME.

Requirement : Original plus 1 copy of all documents submitted.

Download All Chapter 7 (Individual) Forms :

Documents Due at Time of Filing of Bankruptcy Petition :

Documents Due Within 14 Days :

  • Notice to Individual Debtor with Primarily Consumer Debts under 11 U.S.C. § 342(b), if applicable.
    Required if the debtor is an individual with primarily consumer debts. Certification that the notice has been given must be FILED with the petition or within 15 days. 11 U.S.C. §§ 342(b), 521(a)(1)(B)(iii), 707(a)(3). Part 7 of Official Form 101 contains spaces for the signature and certification.

Discharge Eligibility :

You May Also Need to File :

If you paid a petition preparer or you are represented by an attorney :

Please Note :

If the item(s) in bold print are not filed within 45 days after the filing of the petition, your case may be automatically dismissed on the 46th day after the filing of the petition.

The Court may schedule a hearing to potentially dismiss the debtor’s case if the item(s) above are filed late.

If your case is dismissed, you may not receive the protection of the automatic stay if you file additional cases within one year.

NOTE : This checklist should be used as an information source and not as legal advice. You could consult an attorney for individual advice.