In addition to the Minimum Requirements for individuals filing a Chapter 7 or 13 Bankruptcy Case, the following requirements must be met by the deadlines mentioned.
1. Schedules and Statements
If you did not file all schedules and statements with your petition, they are due within 14 days of filing the petition. The following schedules and statements (links will open in a new browser window) must be filed or your petition will be dismissed on day 46 after the filing of the petition:
- A Summary of Your Assets and Liabilities and Certain Statistical Information
- Schedule A/B: Property
- Schedule C: The Property You Claim As Exempt
- Schedule D: Creditors Who Hold Claims Secured By Property
- Schedule E/F: Creditors Who Have Unsecured Claims
- Schedule G: Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases
- Schedule H: Your Codebtors
- Schedule I: Your Income
- Schedule J: Your Expenses / Schedule J-2: Expenses for Separate Household of Debtor 2 (if applicable)
- Declaration About an Individual Debtor’s Schedules VERY IMPORTANT - You must sign the declaration concerning schedules. By signing the declaration, you are verifying that the information in the schedules is true and correct to the best of your knowledge
- Your Statement of Financial Affairs for Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy
If you filed a Chapter 7 petition, complete the following:
Form 122A-1, Chapter 7 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income, and if applicable,
Form 122A-1Supp, Statement of Exemption from Presumption of Abuse Under §707(b)(2)
Form 122A-2, Chapter 7 Means Test Calculation
If you filed a Chapter 13 petition, you must also complete Form 122C-1, Chapter 13 Statement of Your Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period, and if applicable Form Form 122C-2, Chapter 13 Calculation of Your Disposable Income.
See the United States Trustee's Means Testing page for more information.
2. For a Chapter 13 Case - Chapter 13 Plan
If you filed a Chapter 13 petition, you must file the Chapter 13 Plan within 14 days of filing the petition. See the Court's required local forms page. The Clerk's Office will process the Chapter 13 Plan and Notice of Confirmation Hearing for mailing to all creditors by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) when the plan and notice are filed with the petition.
3. For a Chapter 7 Case - Chapter 7 Statement of Intention
Within 30 days of filing the petition or before the first date set for the meeting of creditors in a Chapter 7 case, whichever is earlier, you must file with the court the Chapter 7 Individual Debtor's Statement of Intention regarding debts secured by property of the estate [11 U.S.C. § 521 (a)(2)].
For information after filing the bankruptcy petition, schedules, statements, and additional documents, go to After you File.
4. Submit Case for Filing
Take the time to proof all of your documents and make one extra copy of each document you file with the court to keep for your own records.
You can amend your schedules any time before the case is closed. However, if you need to add creditors, change the amount of a scheduled debt or its classification (secured, unsecured, etc.), the Clerk’s Office is required to charge a filing fee.
If you are filing the petition in person, deliver your petition to the Clerk's Office. Bring your extra copy with you when you file your petition so the Clerk’s Office can file stamp your copy.
If you are sending the petition via U.S. Mail, mail it to the Clerk's Office. If you mail your petition, please include a copy of the documents AND a large, self-addressed and postage-stamped envelope for the Clerk’s Office to return your file-stamped copies to you. If you later require copies of court documents, a fee is required.
5. After You File
After you have filed your bankruptcy case, there are some more steps you must take. See the After you File page for help.