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Understanding Bankruptcy

What Do I Need to Know   What Do I Need to File      For Creditors Only

DISCLAIMER: The information on this website is not a substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel (See Find an Attorney, Sometimes Available for Free), and should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. It is intended as only a guide to some basic aspects of bankruptcy law, and is necessarily limited and does not include all of the controlling law (principally the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and the court’s Local Bankruptcy Rules, and court decisions interpreting those documents).

At the Clerk’s Office’s intake counter, the Deputy Clerk present can go over your petition and other papers before you file them to see if the Deputy Clerk can spot any deficiencies in the petition and related documents you are preparing to file so that you can correct them before filing. Most of the time the Deputy Clerk will spot any deficiencies you need to correct. (The Clerk’s Office would much prefer to have any deficiencies be corrected by you before you file; having to issue deficiency notices after you file is more work for the Clerk’s Office.)