Bankruptcy Basics Video Series

The Federal Judicial Center has released a 30 minute video series which provides an overview of the different types of bankruptcy and related filing procedures. The program is divided into eight short segments for desktop viewing at convenient intervals.

Bankruptcy is a legal process that provides relief to many individuals who can no longer pay all of their debts.

Part 1

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There are three main types of bankruptcy cases for individuals, the most common of which are chapter 7 and chapter 13.
Part 2 Types of
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Some debts cannot be discharged in a bankruptcy.
Part 3 Limits of
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In order to file for bankruptcy, an individual must take a credit counseling course and accurately complete and file a number of documents.
Part 4 Filing for
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Every debtor is required to appear at a creditors' meeting conducted by a trustee who asks the debtor questions about the debtor's financial condition and gives creditors the opportunity to do the same.
Part 5 Creditors'
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In some cases, a debtor may be required to appear at hearings before a bankruptcy judge.
Part 6 Court
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Debtors are usually able to discharge most or all of their debts.  Once a debt is discharged, a creditor may not attempt to collect it from the debtor.
Part 7 The Discharge
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Debtors are strongly encouraged to find competent legal counsel.  Even if you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may be able to qualify for free or discounted legal services.
Part 8 Legal
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This page was last edited on 02/28/2018 at 02:33 PM .