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Attention  .  .  .  on December 1, 2015  new bankruptcy forms go into effect.  The changes are extensive but no worries - our bankruptcy software automatically updates all changes in bankruptcy law including the forms.

Documents Your Trustee Will Require - Do Not Send Originals

Copies of the following information must be provided to your Chapter 7 Trustee at least 7 days prior to the 341 meeting BUT smart people take care of this immediately after their case is filed to get it over and done with. 

Most trustees request the documents listed below be sent via US mail BUT some trustees allow delivery via internet (pdf files) so please check with your trustee.  Be sure to make a copy of all documents for yourself.

Complete bank statements covering the 90 days prior to filing bankruptcy, including the bank statement that contains transactions on the date of the bankruptcy filing.

Paystubs for the 60 days prior to the filing date & the 1st pay period after the bankruptcy was filed.  (A payroll printout should suffice.)

Complete federal and state (if any) tax return for the last two years returns were filed and the pending years' tax return.

Written payoff statements reflecting the balance owed for all vehicles, boats, trailers, or other real or personal property reflected on Schedules A and B, including homestead property.  The payoff MUST be in writing and prepared by the creditor  An oral payoff received from the creditor is NOT sufficient.  Forms acceptable are reaffirmation agreements or a monthly statement that contains the payoff amount as of the filing date.  The Statement of Intention indicating the intent to retain, redeem or surrender property must be produced along with all the written payoff statements.

Titles or registrations for all vehicles, boats, trailers, or other personal property that is titled.  NADA retail value will be used unless a written appraisal is provided by a certified appraiser; if a dispute exists an appraisal must be done at your expense.  Chapter 7 Trustees will not accept CarMax appraisals and any others from non-certified appraisers.

The last two statements for all retirement an non-retirement accounts, including 401k plans, IRA's, mutual funds, etc.  If the type of account is not evident from reviewing the statement, the plan documents describing the type of plan involved are required to be provided.

Deeds to all parcels of real estate owned by the debtor(s), or in which the debtor(s) had any kind of interest in within 1215 days of the filing of the petition together with closing statements for purchase of the real estate,

Closing statement and deeds for all real estate sold or transferred within the year before the filing date.

Copy of the credit counseling certificate(s). 

If the Veteran's exemption is applied, form DD-214.

Proof for special expenses claimed, i.e., school, food, and clothing expense receipts, under the Means Testing Provision.

If the information is not received at least seven (7) days before the meeting, the Meeting of the Creditors will be continued and you will be required to file with the Court the rescheduled date and time which must be served upon the entire creditor matrix.

Please note your trustee may want additional documents.


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