Bankruptcy is a very document intensive practice area. In fact, most of the work is actually performed prior to the case being filed. This is going to be a short and sweet article, but before your case is filed, your bankruptcy attorney will likely ask you for the following documents:
1. copies of your last 2 years of tax returns;
2. copies of your paystubs for the previous 6 months. Every month that goes by will require you to submit addition paystubs to your attorney, as you are required to file the last 60 days of paystubs with the court prior to filing.
3. if you are self-employed, your latest profit and loss statement for the prior 6 months;
4. copies of any law suits filed against you in the last year or any pending law suits;
5. copy of your driver’s license and social security card. A W2 will suffice if you do not have a social security card;
6. copies of all bank statements and retirement account statements (IRA, 401k, SEP, pension plans, etc.);
7. copy of most recent credit report (we can pull this report for you);
8. completed bankruptcy questionnaire that I will provide to you.
This sounds like a lot of work, but it’s really not as difficult as most people make it out to be. I often help my clients gather the appropriate documents, but if you know you need help fast, it will make the process much faster if you already have most of the documents ready.