If I am planing to get a bankruptcy as soon as possible, where do I begin? 20 Answers as of January 07, 2015

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Stephens Gourley & Bywater | David A. Stephens
Meeting with an attorney, gathering a list of assets and debts.
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 1/7/2015
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
By having a consultation with a bankruptcy attorney.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2015
Novakov & Associates, PLLC
Novakov & Associates, PLLC | LINDA S. NOVAKOV
Find a good bankruptcy attorney in your area. Gather together all your debt information, all your asset information, copies of your last 6 months bank statements, pay stubs and any other investment account information you have along with your last 2 filed tax returns. This information should be sufficient to provide a picture of your situation and allow the attorney to determine if you qualify for the chapter you are planning to file.
Answer Applies to: Kentucky
Replied: 1/6/2015
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Well you could see a lawyer or look at your local court web site for the forms.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 1/6/2015
EDWARD P RUSSELL | EDWARD P RUSSELL
Contact a bankruptcy attorney.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 1/6/2015
    Garner Law Office
    Garner Law Office | Daniel Garner
    The essential information for an emergency bankruptcy is a list of all your creditors. Most bankruptcy attorneys are capable of running a credit report for you if you have not already done so. The other essential step is the mandatory credit counseling which must be done before you can file. If you intend to use an attorney, you should use the service they recommend. Otherwise, go to the U.S. Trustee's website and look up the list of approved credit counseling agencies for your state, and pick one to use. There is a fee for the course which varies among the providers, and you might qualify for discounts through a law firm you select. If you do not use an attorney, you will need to decide, among other things, which exemptions you will use to protect your assets. Non-attorney petition preparers are not allowed to advise you on the exemptions because that is considered the practice of law.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC
    The Law Office of Darren Aronow, PC | Darren Aronow
    Go see a local attorney. We will tell you what documents you will need to provide us and what you should expect as your outcome.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    D.J. Rausa, Attorney at Law | D.J. Rausa
    Call and make an appointment with local bankruptcy counsel.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    John Ceci PLLC
    John Ceci PLLC | John Ceci
    I would suggest hiring an attorney in your area to handle your case for you. It is not possible to explain everything involved in a bankruptcy case in a post to a list serv. If you do not want to hire an attorney you may want to consider looking for self-help books on the topic.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    A Fresh Start
    A Fresh Start | Dorothy G Bunce
    I suggest one of three paths 1) gather your financial records, pay records going back 6 months, last two tax returns and what expenses you have 2) consult with a bankruptcy attorney 3) take the mandatory pre-bankruptcy credit counseling class.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C.
    GARCIA & GONZALES, P.C. | Richard N. Gonzales
    Meet with an experienced lawyer to show you what to expect.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Law Offices of Daniel J Winter
    Law Offices of Daniel J Winter | Daniel J Winter
    Get your papers together: ID, Social security card, last 4 years of tax returns, pay stubs from your job for the last 6 months, and your bills, including mortgages and car payment statements, and lawsuit papers, if you have been sued. Then call for a consultation appointment. Most bankruptcy attorneys will discuss your situation briefly on the phone and have you come in for a free appointment.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Michael J. Duggar, P.A.
    Michael J. Duggar, P.A. | Michael J. Duggar
    Most attorneys offer a free consultation where they will outline what is necessary in order to complete your bankruptcy in their Division. Depending on where you file, the laundry list of items needed to file the case can be extensive. I recommend you take advantage of a free consultation with a local bankruptcy attorney in your area. Best wishes!
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    R. Steven Chambers PLLC | R. Steven Chambers PLLC
    The best thing would be to talk to an experienced bankruptcy attorney. He or she can advise you of your options, which chapter (7 or 13) is best for you, what assets that you own will be exempt and which might be at risk. The attorney will also provide you with forms you will need to complete in order for him to prepare your filing. Alternatively, you will need to get all this information for yourself and fill out the forms so you can file pro se (without an attorney).
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    John W. Lee, P.C.
    John W. Lee, P.C. | John W. Lee
    The best place to start is visiting an experienced bankruptcy lawyer. Most bankruptcy lawyers offer a free consultation to help you determine if you are eligible for bankruptcy. Prior to meeting with the bankruptcy attorney you should gather certain documents, including (1) pay stubs, (2) tax returns, (3) copies of bills and any documents you may have relating to your mortgage payments or car payments. Do not sell or liquidate any assets immediately prior to meeting with your bankruptcy attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
    Your best bet is to find a skilled bankruptcy lawyer. You could ask your friends; you could check your local yellow pages; you could search the net; you could ask you State Bar's lawyer referral program. Of course, none of these is guaranteed to find the best lawyer for you. If you are in the Madison area, you could call my office to set up an appointment. You also can get a copy of the fairly extensive forms from any legal stationer and try to do it yourself. This is almost always a bad idea. Good Luck.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Law Offices of A. J. Mitchell, LLC
    Law Offices of A. J. Mitchell, LLC | A. J. Mitchell
    Would be best to take advantage of a free consultation with an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Stittleburg Law Office
    Stittleburg Law Office | Bernd Stittleburg
    Contact a good bankruptcy attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    J.M. Cook, P.A. | J.M. Cook
    You should contact a qualified atty in your area. The State Bar has a list of board certified specialists which is always a good place to start.
    Answer Applies to: North Carolina
    Replied: 1/5/2015
    Law Office of Shawn N. Wright | Shawn N. Wright
    You should contact a bankruptcy attorney. Generally, most bankruptcy attorneys will agree to a free consultation to look at your options.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 1/5/2015
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