What Should You Bring To Your Initial Bankruptcy Appointment

October 22, 2009

Your bankruptcy attorney will have many questions for you during your initial meeting. The most important goals of this meeting are learning about your situation, and helping you determine whether bankruptcy is the right option for you and your family. In order to achieve these goals you will want to come prepared to answer your attorney’s questions. While every case is different and may require additional documents from the client, below is a list of the most common documents and records your attorney needs:

1. Photo ID and social security card;
2. The last six months of pay check stubs. Sometimes this information can be obtained from your employer;
3. Last two years of income tax returns;
4. Real estate deeds and mortgage paperwork;
5. Vehicle titles along with lease or purchase agreements;
6. All loan paperwork;
7. Any child support or maintenance (alimony) court order;
8. Any recent credit report (you can obtain a free credit report at https://www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp);
9. Information regarding your debts;
10. Any important documents that impacts your income, assets, debts, or expenses. For instance: a foreclosure notice, or a notice of an upcoming bonus;
11. Investment records;
12. Last six months of bank statements;
13. Any tax bill showing assessed value;
14. Proof of insurance on all property secured by a lien; and
15. Any documents pertaining to a legal claim or pending lawsuit (e.g. a personal injury or worker’s compensation claim).

While this is not a complete list, it is a start to help your attorney understand your circumstances and advise you on how to improve your financial situation.

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