Personal Bankruptcy Information
The stated goal of federal bankruptcy law is to provide the honest debtor with a fresh start. To help you determine if you need a fresh start, you can use our Credit Card Debt Calculator to determine how long it will take to pay off your credit cards if you do nothing.
A bankruptcy case is commenced by the filing of a petition. You must also file a statement of your assets and liabilities and schedules listing your creditors.
The property a debtor can keep through the bankruptcy is determined by the specific exemptions available under state law. Bankruptcy Information allows you to search for state exemptions. In addition, residents of certain states are allowed to choose federal exemptions instead of state exemptions.
Before deciding the appropriate course of action one may wish to explore alternatives to bankruptcy and review our list of frequently asked questions to gain a better understanding of the bankruptcy process.