How do I reopen a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case? 33 Answers as of July 03, 2013

I filed a Chapter 7. Can this case be reopened?

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The Law Office of Marvin Wolf
The Law Office of Marvin Wolf | Marvin Wolf
Depends on why the case needs to be reopened. A case does not need to be reopened to add an omitted creditor, for example. To pursue a claim against a listed creditor who is attempting to collect post-discharge, it can be reopened by motion to reopen.
Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 12/2/2011
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis
Indianapolis Bankruptcy Law Office of Eric C. Lewis | Eric Lewis
Generally, Chapter 7 cases can be reopened for good cause shown and filing a Motion to Reopen with the court's filing fee of $260.
Answer Applies to: Indiana
Replied: 12/1/2011
Bird & VanDyke, Inc.
Bird & VanDyke, Inc. | David VanDyke
A chapter 7 case can be re-opened by motion and deposit of the filing fee. This can only be done for a limited number of reasons.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/29/2011
Eranthe Law Firm
Eranthe Law Firm | Cate Eranthe
You can bring a motion to reopen a case but why do you want to?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/3/2013
Law Offices of Michael J. Berger
Law Offices of Michael J. Berger | Michael J. Berger
To reopen a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case, you need to bring a motion and pay the filing fee. Before you act, you should consult with a certified specialist in bankruptcy law (like me) to be sure that moving to reopen the bankruptcy case is the best thing for you to do.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/29/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Bankruptcy law allows a Chapter 7 to reopened for cause. Whether you have cause affects if you can (you didn't say why), and, since you only get one shot and don't want to blow it, you need a lawyer to have the best chance of doing it. Bear in mind it is up to a judge whether or not the case is reopened.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 11/29/2011
    Bankruptcy Law Center
    Bankruptcy Law Center | Bill Zurinskas
    Bankruptcy cases are reopened by filing a motion to reopen. Most Bankruptcy courts will charge a new filing fee. If you are reopening a case to add a creditor, it may be unnecessary. Contact an experienced bankruptcy attorney to find out.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/29/2011
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law
    Ross Smith, Attorney at Law | Charles Ross Smith III
    You must file a motion to re-open. When you do, you should tell the Court your best reasons why it should re-open your case. You may want to get an attorney for this matter. We are usually worth our hire. And an attorney can tell you why you were dismissed and how to aoid being dismissed again. Remember the definition of insanity. Call the Clerk of Courts and make sure you know the fee for filing to reopen. It ain't cheap
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Offices of David H. Relkin
    Law Offices of David H. Relkin | David H. Relkin
    The answer depends on why are you opening it and how long was it closed. The length of time could prevent opening or the incurrence of a debt after the petition in bankruptcy.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    You have provided insufficient information. A Chapter 7 can be re-opened, but it has to be on appropriate cause. What is the reason you want to re-open?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
    Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
    Yes, it requires a motion and a filing fee. The fee was $260.00, I'm not sure if it went up November 1, 2011 like the rest of the fees.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Office Of Magnolia Zarraga
    Law Office Of Magnolia Zarraga | Magnolia Zarraga
    Yes a chapter 7 case can be reopened. You need to speak to an experienced bankruptcy attorney to determine if you really need to reopen the case. Many people are under the mistaken assumption that if they forgot to include a debt in their bankruptcy and their case is closed, that they need to reopen it in order to add the forgotten debt, this is not necessary, there are however valid reasons to reopen a bankruptcy after it's been closed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law | Judith A. Runyon
    It depends on why you want to re-open it. There are conditions.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Office of Harry L Styron
    Law Office of Harry L Styron | Harry L Styron
    You can reopen a case by filing a motion with the court requesting that it be reopened.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Carballo Law Offices
    Carballo Law Offices | Tony E. Carballo
    You have to file a motion to reopen but there must be a valid reason to do so and you do not state what that is. You must also pay a fee to the court to reopen the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Marco Sanchez Attorney at Law | Marco Sanchez
    First, I would need more information on the type of visa you are holding. However, as a rule of law, an individual who has a Visa status (ie. vistors visa) cannot file bankruptcy in the United States because only an individual with a valid, social security number can file bankruptcy. An individual can only obtain a valid social security either by being a Legal Permenant Resident (Greed Card Holder) or a Naturalized Citizen. Otherwise, a visa holder is lawfully in the United States only for a restricted period of time and would not be eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    You have to file a motion to reopen the case.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Offices of Daniel Moulton
    Law Offices of Daniel Moulton | Daniel Moulton
    You can re-open it by filing a motion and paying the case re-opening fee of approximately $260.00.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Colorado Legal Solutions
    Colorado Legal Solutions | Stephen Harkess
    A closed case can be re-opened with the payment of the appropriate fee.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Office of Xochitl Anita Quezada
    Law Office of Xochitl Anita Quezada | Xochitl Anita Quezada
    It depends on why it was closed. If you failed to file exhibits timely then there shouldn't be a problem reopening. Also, if you failed to timely filed a certificate of financial management then you can also file a motion to reopen without a problem. It just depends on the reason your case was closed without a discharge.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Mazyar Hedayat and Associates
    Mazyar Hedayat and Associates | Mazyar Malek Hedayat
    To re-open a bankruptcy case, including a Chapter 7 case, you must file a Petition to Reopen with the Court and pay a filing fee. I recommend hiring an Attorney rather than doing so on your own. Bankruptcy Court can be treacherous for the uninitiated.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Siegel & Siegel, P.C. | Sharon M. Siegel
    Reopening requires a motion and a fee. The issue is why do you want to reopen it. Most things people think require a case to be reopened, do not.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Weber Law Firm, P.C.
    Weber Law Firm, P.C. | William Weber
    Yes. A Chapter 7 case can be re-opened. However, it will be almost impossible to determine whether the Court should reopen the case, and file the documents necessary to accomplish it without the aid of an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Uriarte & Wood, Attorneys at Law
    Uriarte & Wood, Attorneys at Law | Robert G. Uriarte
    You must file a motion to re-open. The fee used to be 260.00, but it may have gone up. What is the reason for re-opening? It may be that you do not have to re-open the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    According to section 350 (b) of the bankruptcy code, "A case may be reopened in the court in which such case was closed to administer assets, to accord relief to the debtor, or for other cause." This is done by a motion to reopen. There is filing fee to the court.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Heupel Law
    Heupel Law | Kevin Heupel
    You can reopen a Chapter 7 case for some reasons, but it really depends on why you want to reopen it. To do so, you simply file a motion to reopen the case with the court. It is best to consult an attorney first to make sure it's even worth the effort.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Charles R. Nettles - Attorney at Law
    Charles R. Nettles - Attorney at Law | Charles R. Nettles
    It can be reopened by filing a Motion and paying a fee.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey
    Law Office of Stephen P. Dempsey | Stephen P. Dempsey
    Yes, case can be reopened by filing a motion with the bankruptcy court.
    Answer Applies to: New Jersey
    Replied: 11/28/2011
    Charles Schneider, P.C.
    Charles Schneider, P.C. | Charles J. Schneider
    Draft a motion & file it & pay filing fee.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 11/28/2011
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