The foundation of your bankruptcy starts with your paperwork. We find it easier to gather all of your documents and then start to fill out your workbook. When gathering all of your documents, make sure that they are all there. We would rather receive too much information than not enough. The documents themselves determine quite a few things in your bankruptcy- your pay determines whether you qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy or not; or how much you can pay back in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Papers from the purchase of vehicles show whether or not to pay the car back in full or at the value of the vehicle. These all have an impact on your bankruptcy plan. Sometimes one piece of paper can save you several hundred dollars in your Chapter 13 plan (well worth the effort of gathering them!).
Make sure that you list anything and everything that is in your possession, especially if there is a papertrail to it; we will try to protect everything that you have. Leaving things out only hurts you in the future. You definitely do not want to be called to court because you were trying to keep a possession hidden. List all creditors’ account numbers and addresses; if they cannot locate your account, it may not be taken care of. Above all, just make sure to fill out the workbook completely; if it is not filled out, we will ask for the answer either way, it makes it less work for you if it is done correctly in the first place.