If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, we recommend that you first take an online legal check-up to help you better understand your situation and find out your options.
Find out answers to frequently asked questions about bankruptcy, how to use credit wisely after bankruptcy, and your legal rights during and after bankruptcy, in these publications from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the National Consumer Law Center, and Nolo Press.
- FAQs from the Bankruptcy Court
Find answers to frequently asked questions from the bankruptcy court about what happens before filing, after filing, as well as other general information.
- Downloadable Bankruptcy Forms
Download and fill out the forms necessary to file a bankruptcy in the Central District of California (most of Southern California except San Diego and Imperial counties).
- What Is Bankruptcy?
Learn about the bankruptcy process, the different types of bankruptcy, find a glossary of bankruptcy terms, and discover special protections for servicemembers.
- Bankruptcy Basics
In bankruptcy, you can eliminate or repay some or all of your debts.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Bankruptcy
This brochure can not explain every aspect of the bankruptcy process. If you still have questions after reading it, you should speak with an attorney familiar with bankruptcy, or visit Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk.
- Bankruptcy FAQ
Answers to common questions about Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.
- What Bankruptcy Can and Cannot Do
Bankruptcy is a powerful tool, but it has limits.
- Your Legal Rights During and After Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy can help with some financial problems, but does not guarantee you will avoid financial problems in the future.
- The 2005 Bankruptcy Law: Changes to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13
Learn about the major changes brought about by the 2005 bankruptcy law.
- An Overview of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
Learn how Chapter 7 bankruptcy works.
- An Overview of Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Learn how Chapter 13 bankruptcy works.
- Using Credit Wisely After Bankruptcy
Ten things to think about before getting a new credit card.
Public Counsel is not affiliated with the National Consumer Law Center or Nolo Press, nor do we endorse any products of these organizations. We are not responsible for the content. We provide it because it is free information that may be useful. It is not legal advice. If you need specific legal advice on your situation, you should consult an attorney.