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How To File Bankruptcy

This page looks at How To file Bankruptcy Chapter 7 and offers a completely free worksheet you can download.

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About This Guide and Worksheet

Deciding how to file bankruptcy is a one of the most important financial decisions you can make. This download offers a 17 page worksheet to help you look at the process of how to file bankruptcy as related to your specific circumstances.

This 17 page worksheet is free for you to download and was created to inform the user, but is not meant to provide legal advice.


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1. Release and Settlement Agreement
2. Credit Collection Cease Communication Letter
3. Expired Statute of Limitations Notice Letter
4. Credit Inquiry Information and Removal Letters
5. Letter to a Credit Report Agency That Co-Mingled Information
6. Letter to Credit Reporting Agency - Dispute Letters
7. Debt Collection Dispute Letter Packet
8. Good Will Adjustment to Remove Late Payment
9. Notice of Harassment to Debt Collector/Agency/Attorney/Firm
10. Negotiating a Settlement With Utility, Cable, or Satellite Companies
11. Letter to Settle Past Due Account
12. Negotiating Settlements with Creditors for Separation and Divorce Issues
Plus: Letter to Update Accounts or Debts That Were Discharged in a Bankruptcy

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Common Mistakes Before Bankruptcy

There are many common mistakes that are often made before and during the bankruptcy process. Here is a short list of them:

  • Repaying money to relatives
    If you repay a relative anytime during the year prior to filing bankruptcy, the trustee can sue the relative to receive the money back to distribute to all of your creditors equally.

  • Not listing all creditors
    Make sure to list every single person or company you owe money to. Only if this list is completely accurate and complete will those debts be discharged at bankruptcy.

  • Transferring Assets
    Shifting assets to your children's name or a relative just prior to filing for bankruptcy is not permitted.

  • Concealing Assets
    Bankruptcy laws require full disclosure of all assets. The FBI fraud division, IRS auditors, and the Executive Office of the U.S. Trustee investigate bankruptcy filings. They will eventually find your assets even if you do not have them listed in your paperwork. It is a federal crime, a felony, to commit bankruptcy fraud. Do not take chances.

  • Credit Consolidation
    Be careful about credit consolidation companies. The airwaves are inundated with consolidation companies urging their solutions as a way to "avoid bankruptcy." However, even if you negotiate lower payments or a restructure your debt outside of bankruptcy, your credit score is still adversely affected just as with bankruptcy.

    You also should be aware that there could be income tax liability. In addition, don't be fooled, "not-for-profit" doesn't mean "free." These organizations are typically capitalized by banks and the credit card industry because they want to try to collect as much money from you as possible.

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