Bankruptcy Basics

Part 1: Introduction   Part 1: Introduction
What is bankruptcy? What happens in a bankruptcy case? Bankruptcy is a legal process that provides relief for individuals who can no longer pay all of their debts. If you are considering bankruptcy, this video will give you basic information about the process, the relief it offers, and how to find the legal help you may need.
Part  2: Types of Bankruptcy   Part 2: Types of Bankruptcy
A brief review of the three main types of bankruptcy cases for individuals – chapters 7, 11, and 13. The most common types of bankruptcy are chapter 7, which are liquidating bankruptcy, and chapter 13 cases, often used by individuals who want to catch up on past due mortgage or car loan payments and keep their assets.
Part 3: Limits of Bankruptcy   Part 3: Limits of Bankruptcy
Certain types of debt, such as child support, alimony, and most student loans, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Wrongful conduct may make some debts non-dischargeable. Examples of such conduct are incurring credit card charges without the intent or ability to repay, or obtaining loans using false financial information.
Part 4: Filing for Bankruptcy   Part 4: Filing for Bankruptcy
How does someone file a bankruptcy case? In order to file for bankruptcy, an individual must take a credit counseling course – to learn about alternatives to bankruptcy – as well as accurately complete and file a number of documents.
Part 5: Creditors' Meeting   Part 5: Creditors' Meeting
Every debtor is required to appear at a creditors' meeting conducted by a trustee who asks the debtor questions about the debtor's financial condition and gives creditors the opportunity to do the same.
Part 6: Bankruptcy Crime   Part 6: Bankruptcy Crime
A debtor must be honest and accurate in dealing with the court or face serious consequences, including being charged with a bankruptcy crime.
Part 7: Courts Hearings   Part 7: Court Hearings
In some cases, a debtor may be required to appear at hearings before a bankruptcy judge.
Part 8: The Discharge   Part 8: The Discharge
Debtors are usually able to discharge most or all of their debts. Once a debt is discharged, a creditor may not attempt to collect it from the debtor.
Part 9: Legal Assistance   Part 9: Legal Assistance
When does someone need a lawyer for a bankruptcy case? Individuals have a right to represent themselves in court, but bankruptcy is a complex area that involves many considerations – including whether to file, what chapter to file under, and what exemptions to claim. It is important to understand all of the protections of the bankruptcy code in order to make full use of them.