Any person (including a corporation or partnership) may file a Chapter 7, with the exception of railroads, insurance companies, banks, savings and loan associations or similar institutions. Chapter 7 bankruptcy is referred to as a “liquidation of debts” filing.
See the Court’s fee schedule for the most up-to-date information regarding the Chapter 7 filing fee. The fee may be filed in installments if the petition is accompanied by an Application and Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments or waived if the petition is accompanied by an Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee.
All bankruptcy forms may be obtained at https://www.uscourts.gov/forms/bankruptcy-forms.
Please be advised that the starred items below are required to file a case with the Court, even a "skeletal" or emergency case. If any of the starred items below are missing, the Clerk's Office will be unable to accept your documents and open your case.
- Voluntary Petition Official Form B101 (Pages 1-8)* non-individuals use Form B201
- Additional Schedules:
- Statement of Financial Affairs (Official Form 107)
- Statement of Intention for Individuals Filing Under Chapter 7 (Official Form 108)
- Schedule A/B - Property (Official Form 106A/B)
- Schedule C - The Property You Claim as Exempt (Official Form 106C)
- Schedule D - Creditors Who Have Claims Secured by Property (Official Form 106D)
- Schedule E/F - Creditors Holding Unsecured Claims (Official Form 106E/F)
- Schedule G - Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases (Official Form 106G)
- Schedule H - Your Codebtors (Official Form 106H)
- Schedule I - Your Income (not required for non-individual filings) (Official Form 106I)
- Schedule J - Your Expenses (not required for non-individual filings) (Official Form 106J)
- Summary of Your Assets and Liabilities and Certain Statistical Information (Official Form 106Sum)
- Declaration About an Individual Debtor's Schedules (Official Form 106Dec) or Official Form 202 Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury for Non-Individual filings
- Disclosure of Compensation of Attorney for Debtor(s) (not required for pro se filings)
- Notice Required by 11 U.S.C § 342(b) for Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy (required only if pro se debtor) (Official Form 2010)
- Bankruptcy Petition Preparer's Notice, Declaration, and Signature (required only if pro se debtor has obtained a processing service to complete their petition) (Official Form B119)
- Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income* (Official Form 122A-1 and if applicable Official Form 122A-2, Official Form 122A-1Supp)
- Mailing Matrix* (this is a typed mailing list of just names and addresses for all your creditors, codebtors and other parties listed in your bankruptcy; the Court uses it to create a mailing database. It must be typed and if possible, should be single-column. No case will be accepted without a matrix)
- Statement About Your Social Security Numbers* (Official Form B 121)
- Certification of Pre-petition Credit Counseling* (individual debtors only)
- Application and Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments (if applicable)* (Official Form B103A)
- Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived (if applicable)* (Official Form B 103B)
- Corporate Resolution (required only in corporations)*
- Corporate Ownership Statement (required only if the corporation has a corporate parent)
All remaining schedules and the Statement of Social Security Number must be filed with the Court within fourteen (14) days from the date of filing.