Bankruptcy Forms

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Official Bankruptcy Court Forms

 

B1: Voluntary Petition: This is the form used to begin a bankruptcy case under Chapter 7, 9, 11, 12, or 13. Filing this petition also constitutes an “order for relief,” stopping creditors from taking any actions to collect their debts. Only the completion and filing of one petition is required by a married couple filing jointly.

Exhibit A: Required to be completed and filed with the Voluntary Petition only if the debtor is a corporation filing under Chapter 11 and is required to file periodic reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Exhibit C: A disclosure of whether the debtor owns or possesses property that may or does pose a threat of harm to public health or safety.

Exhibit D: A statement by the debtor that he or she has complied with the credit counseling requirement mandated by the bankruptcy laws. If a joint petition is filed by a married couple, each spouse must file a separate exhibit.

B2: Declaration under Penalty of Perjury on Behalf of a Corporation or Partnership: This form applies only to corporate or partnership debtors. It is to be signed by an individual authorized by the debtor entity to file the bankruptcy petition or signed by another individual authorized by the debtor entity or by the bankruptcy court to act on behalf of the debtor. The declaration declares, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the submitted documents is true and correct and that the individual signer is authorized to act as an agent on behalf of the debtor.

B3A: Application and Order to Pay Filing Fee in Installments: This bankruptcy form is for the debtor to request permission to pay the filing fees in installments. If granted, the debtor is prohibited from giving any form of compensation to any attorney or other person for services rendered in the bankruptcy case. The final installment payment must be made no later than 120 days after filing the voluntary petition. The court may, however, extend the time of any installment for cause and provided the last installment is paid no later than 180 days after filing the petition. If the debtor fails to pay any installment when due, the bankruptcy case can be dismissed.

B3B: Application for Waiver of Chapter 7 Filing Fee: To be completed by a debtor who cannot pay the full filing fee at the time of filing a Chapter 7 case, nor pay the filing fee in installments. A judge will waive the fee if the debtor meets certain income requirements and cannot pay the fee in installments. If filing a joint bankruptcy petition, both spouses must provide requested information on the application form.

B4: List of Creditors Holding 20 Largest Unsecured Claims: This must be completed by a debtor filing for Chapter 9 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Debtors filing under other chapters do not need to complete or file this form.

B5: Involuntary Petition: Used by creditors to petition the court to have a debtor declared insolvent. If the court grants the request, a bankruptcy occurs without the debtor’s consent. Involuntary bankruptcies can only occur under Chapter 7 and 11.

B6: Cover Sheet for Schedules:

B6: Summary of Schedules (with Statistical Summary of Certain Liabilities and Related Data): This bankruptcy form is used by the debtor to indicate if Schedules A-J are attached to the petition. The debtor also indicates the number of pages for each schedule. The debtor then adds the amounts from Schedules A and B to determine the total amount of debtor’s assets. The amounts of Schedules D, E, and F are added to determine the amount of debtor’s liabilities. This form assists the trustee and judge with getting a quick look at the debtor’s bankruptcy filing. The Statistical Summary is the second page, which must be completed by any debtor filing under Chapter 7, 11, or 13 and whose debts are primarily consumer debts. Certain liabilities and their amounts must be listed, including child support, student loans, and taxes owed.

B6A: Schedule A-Real Property: Used by the debtor to list all real property in which he or she has any legal, equitable, or future interest in. This includes property owned as a co-tenant, community property, or a life estate.

B6B: Schedule B-Personal Property: Lists all debtor’s personal property. This includes cash, bank accounts, security deposits, household goods, collectibles, insurance policies, vehicles, inventory, and animals.

B6C: Schedule C-Property Claimed as Exempt: Lists all property that the debtor thinks is legally exempt either under Federal or state exemption laws. The schedule must contain a description of the property, the specific citation of the law providing the exemption, the value of the claimed exemption, and the current value of the property without deducting the exemption.

B6D: Schedule D-Creditors Holding Secured Claims: Used by the debtor to list all creditors who hold claims secured by the debtor’s property. This includes holders of a mortgage, those who have judgment liens against the debtor’s property, taxing authorities that have obtained tax liens against the debtor’s property, and parties who are trying to collect a secured debt such as collection agencies.

B6E: Schedule E-Creditors Holding Unsecured Priority Claims: Lists all the debtor’s creditors who hold unsecured priority claims such as support obligations, wages, taxes owed to governmental entities, and personal injury or death claims against the debtor resulting from the debtor’s intoxication.

B6F: Schedule F-Creditors Holding Unsecured Nonpriority Claims: This bankruptcy form is used by the debtor to list all creditors not listed in Schedules D or E.

B6G: Schedule G-Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases: Lists all the debtor’s contracts that are still in force and all leases that are still in effect to which the debtor is a party. This includes car leases, residential rental agreements, time-share contracts, service contracts, and insurance contracts.

B6H: Schedule H-Codebtors: This bankruptcy form is used by the debtor to list all his or her debts with codebtors, despite having also listed them in Schedules D, E, and F. The debtor must also list a spouse or former spouse who lived with the debtor in Puerto Rico or in a community property state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin) during the 8-year period immediately preceding the debtor’s bankruptcy filing.

B6I: Schedule I-Current Income of Individual Debtor (s): Calculates the debtor’s actual income, not the average monthly income in the 6 months before the debtor filed for bankruptcy. If the debtor is married, the debtor must provide information for both spouses even if the debtor is filing alone. Listings include debtor’s dependents, employment information, and income.

B6J: Schedule J-Current Expenditures of Individual Debtor (s): Lists the debtor’s family’s total monthly expenditures. This includes rent or mortgage payments; utilities; food; clothing; medical expenses; entertainment; charitable contributions; insurance; taxes; installment payments; alimony and child support; and business expenses.

B6: Declaration Concerning Debtor’s Schedules: Used by the debtor to declare under penalty of perjury that all information provided in debtor’s schedules are true and correct. Penalties for committing perjury include loss of a bankruptcy discharge, $500,000 fine, and/or up to 5 years in prison.

B7: Statement of Financial Affairs: This bankruptcy form is used by the debtor to provide information about recent financial transactions: income from an operation of a business; payments to creditors; gifts received; losses from fire, theft, or gambling; safe deposit boxes; property held for another person; and transfers of property.

B8: Chapter 7 Individual Debtor’s Statement of Intention: Used by a Chapter 7 debtor who owes secured debts or is a party to any unexpired leases. The debtor informs the trustee and the secured creditor (s) what he or she wants to do with the collateral for each of the secured debts: (1) reaffirm the debt; (2) redeem the debts by purchasing the collateral at its replacement value; or (3) voluntarily surrender the collateral.

B9: Notice of Commencement of Case under the Bankruptcy Code, Meeting of Creditors, and Deadlines: Gives notice to all interested parties of the filing of the bankruptcy, the time, date and location of the meeting of creditors, the time for filing documents in the case, instructions for filing proofs of claim, and other information regarding the case. The form consists of several variations: Forms 9A-9I. These forms are to be used depending on the type of bankruptcy that is filed (Chapters 7, 11, 12, or 13) and the type of debtor (individual, joint, corporation, or partnership).

B9A: Chapter 7 Individual or Joint Debtor No Asset Case: This bankruptcy form is to be filed by an individual or joint debtor filing for Chapter 7 and claiming no assets.

**B9A Chapter 7 Individual or Joint Debtor No Asset Case (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this form will be amended in the “Deadlines” section on the front and the “Discharge of Debts” section on the back. The changes conform to amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 4004 and 7001 that direct that certain objections to discharge be brought by motion rather than by complaint. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010) B9B: Chapter 7 Corporation/Partnership No Asset Case : This form is to be filed by a corporation or partnership filing for Chapter 7 and claiming no assets. B9C: Chapter 7 Individual or Joint Debtor Asset Case : This form is to be filed by an individual or joint debtor filing for Chapter 7 and claiming assets.

**B9C Chapter 7 Individual or Joint Debtor Asset Case (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this form will be amended in the “Deadlines” section on the front and the “Discharge of Debts” section on the back. The changes conform to amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 4004 and 7001 that direct that certain objections to discharge be brought by motion rather than by complaint. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010)

B9D: Chapter 7 Corporation/Partnership Asset Case: This bankruptcy form is to be filed by a corporation or partnership filing for Chapter 7 and claiming assets.

B9E: Chapter 11 Individual or Joint Debtor Case: Filed by an individual or joint debtor filing for Chapter 11.

B9E(Alt.): Chapter 11 Individual or Joint Debtor Case: Filed by an individual or joint debtor filing for Chapter 11.

B9F: Chapter 11 Corporation/Partnership Case: Filed by a corporation or partnership filing for Chapter 11.

B9F(Alt.):Chapter 11 Corporation/Partnership Case: Filed by a corporation or partnership filing for Chapter 11.

B9G: Chapter 12 Individual or Joint Debtor Family Farmer: Filed by an individual or joint debtor who is a family farmer or family fisherman filing for Chapter 12.

B9H: Chapter 12 Corporation/Partnership Family Farmer: Filed by a corporation or partnership who is a family farmer or family fisherman filing for Chapter 12.

B9I : Chapter 13 Case: This bankruptcy form is to be filed by a debtor who is filing for Chapter 13.

**B9I Chapter 13 Case (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this bankruptcy form will be amended in the “Deadlines” section on the front and the “Discharge of Debts” section on the back. The changes conform to amendments to Bankruptcy Rules 4004 and 7001 that direct that certain objections to discharge be brought by motion rather than by complaint. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010)

B10: Proof of Claim: This bankruptcy form is used by a creditor to indicate the amount of debt owed by the debtor on the date of the bankruptcy filing. This allows creditors to assert their right to payments from the bankruptcy estate (should payments be made).

B11A: General Power of Attorney: Grants authority to an agent, an attorney in fact, or a proxy to represent a creditor for any purpose other than the execution and filing of a proof of claim or the acceptance or rejection of a plan. This form is to be used to grant general powers of attorney.

B11B:Special Power of Attorney: Grants authority to an agent, an attorney in fact, or a proxy to represent a creditor for any purpose other than the execution and filing of a proof of claim or the acceptance or rejection of a plan. This form is to be used to grant special powers of attorney.

B12: Order and Notice for Hearing on Disclosure Statement: Used in Chapter 9 municipality and Chapter 11 reorganization cases to provide certain parties in interest with an order and notice of a hearing to consider the approval of a disclosure statement containing information about the debtor’s assets, liabilities, and business affairs.

B13: Order Approving Disclosure Statement and Fixing Time for Filing Acceptances or Rejections of Plan, Combined with Notice Thereof: This bankruptcy form is used in Chapter 11 reorganization cases to provide certain parties in interest with notice of the court’s approval of the debtor’s disclosure statement, their opportunity to file acceptances or rejections of the plan, and an order and notice of a hearing to consider the approval of the plan of reorganization.

B14: Ballot for Accepting or Rejecting Plan: Used as a ballot for accepting or rejecting a plan of reorganization. It is used by general creditors, bondholders, debenture holders, other debt security holders, and equity security holders who are entitled to vote on the plan.

B15: Order Confirming Plan: Used in Chapter 11 cases to confirm a plan of reorganization.

B16A: Caption (Full): This is an illustration of how all required information should be presented for every type of court paper except an adversary proceeding.

B16B: Caption (Short Title): This bankruptcy form may be used when the court paper to be filed is not part of an adversary proceeding and the special notice requirement under section 342(c) of the Bankruptcy Code does not apply.

B16D: Caption for Use in Adversary Proceeding other than for a Complaint Filed by a Debtor

B17: Notice of Appeal under 28 U.S.C. §158(a) or (b) from a Judgment, Order or Decree of a Bankruptcy Court: Used by any party in a bankruptcy case who thinks the judge decided a matter incorrectly. Filing this notice of appeal is the first step in exercising the right to have another judge review the original judge’s decision.

B18: Discharge of Debtor: An order to be signed by the bankruptcy judge discharging a Chapter 7 debtor’s debts. This form is for an individual debtor only, not joint debtors. The court clerk enters this discharge order on the bankruptcy case docket and mails a copy to the debtor, trustee, U.S. trustee, and all creditors.

B19: Declaration and Signature of Non-Attorney Bankruptcy Petition Preparer: This bankruptcy form contains a signed declaration by a non-attorney bankruptcy petition preparer stating that provisions of 11U.S.C. secs. 110 and 342 have been complied with regarding petition preparers. It also includes a required notice to the debtor explaining that the bankruptcy petition preparer cannot practice law or give legal advice. It also includes a notice about the maximum allowable fees (if any) that can be charged for document preparation services. The debtor must sign a certification that he or she has been notified of this by the petition preparer.

B20A: Notice of Motion or Objection: A form indicating that a party has filed papers with the court, seeking relief by a motion or an objection. The form explains the receiving party’s rights to file a request for a hearing, or file a response/answer by a certain date and attend a scheduled hearing on the motion/objection. It may also list any other steps required to oppose a motion or objection under local rules or court order. It further warns that failure to take any of the steps may result in the court granting the relief sought by the opposing party.

**B20A Notice of Motion or Objection (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this form is amended to instruct the filer to list all names used by the debtor in the last eight, rather than six, years, and to redact not only the debtor’s social security number, but also the debtor’s individual taxpayer identification number. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010)

B20B: Notice of Objection to Claim: Provides creditors and other claimants with an explanation of what they must do to respond to objections to their claims.

B20B Notice of Objection to Claim (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this bankruptcy form is amended to instruct the filer to list all names used by the debtor in the last eight, rather than six, years, and to redact not only the debtor’s social security number, but also the debtor’s individual taxpayer identification number. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010)

B21: Statement of Social Security Number: Requires the debtor to list his or her full Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer-Identification number (s). While the Social Security number will be available to all creditors and the trustee, it will not be part of the debtor’s regular bankruptcy case file. If filing jointly, both spouses must provide their numbers

B22A: Chapter 7 Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means-Test Calculation: This statement must be completed by every Chapter 7 debtor whose debts are primarily consumer debts. Joint debtors may complete a single statement. However, if an exclusion from means testing applies because the debtor is a reserve member of the Armed Forces or National Guard, each joint filer must complete a separate statement. This form helps the U.S. Trustee determine whether the debtor’s income and expenses qualify the debtor to file for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.

**B22A Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Chapter 7) (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this bankruptcy form is amended as follows: The introductory instruction to Part I is amended to give debtors in joint case the choice of filing separate forms if they believe they are required to do so by § 707(b)(2)(C) of the Bankruptcy Code. This form is also amended to add an instruction to line 8 to clarify that only one joint filer should report regular payments by another person for household expenses. Form 22A is also amended in several places to delete references to “household” and “household size” and to replace them with “number of persons” or “family size.” (at lines 19A, 19B, 20A, and 20B) If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010.

B22B: Statement of Current Monthly Income (Chapter 11): This form must be completed by every individual Chapter 11 debtor. Joint debtors can complete one form.

**B22B Statement of Current Monthly Income (Chapter 11) (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this form is amended to add an instruction to line 7 to clarify that only one joint filer should report regular payments by another person for household expenses. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010.

B22C: Chapter 13 Statement of Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period and Disposable Income: This statement must be completed by a debtor filing for Chapter 13. Joint debtors can complete one statement. After calculating income, expenses, and deductions, a determination can be made whether the debtor can commit to a 3-year or 5-year repayment plan.

**B22C Statement of Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period and Disposable Income (Chapter 13) (Pending final approval by the Judicial Conference at its September meeting, this bankruptcy form is amended in several places to delete references to “household” and “household size” and to replace them with “number of persons” or “family size.” (at lines 24A, 24B, 25A, and 25B). This form is also amended to add an instruction to line 7 to clarify that only one joint filer should report regular payments by another person for household expenses. If approved, this form will take effect December 1, 2010.

B23: Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Postpetition Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management: Must be completed and filed by a debtor in a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 case. If a joint petition is filed, each spouse must complete a separate certification. In the form, the debtor either certifies that he or she has completed a course in personal financial management or that the debtor is not required to complete a personal financial management course because of certain specified exceptions. In a Chapter 7 case, this certification must be filed within 45 days of the first date set for the meeting of creditors. In a Chapter 13 case, it must be filed no later than the last payment made by the debtor as required by the plan or the filing of a motion for a discharge.

**B23 Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Financial Management (The “deadlines” section at the bottom of the form is amended to conform to amended Rule 1007(c). This amendment was approved by the Judicial Conference in September, 2009. This form will take effect December 1, 2010.

B24: Certification to Court of Appeals: This bankruptcy form is a certification and notice of appeal informing the bankruptcy court of circumstances warranting an appeal. It is to be signed by all appellants and appellees.

B25A: Plan of Reorganization in Small Business Case under Chapter 11: Used by a small business debtor (individual or entity) to provide a proposed Chapter 11 plan of reorganization.

B25B: Disclosure Statement in Small Business Case under Chapter 11: Provides information for parties in interest about the plan of reorganization in a small business debtor’s Chapter 11 case so that the interested parties can decide whether to accept, reject, or object to the plan.

B25C: Small Business Monthly Operating Report: This bankruptcy form contains questions to be answered by a Chapter 11 small business debtor regarding the monthly operations, taxes, income, expenses, profits, and other information concerning the operation of the small business.

B26: Periodic Report Regarding Value, Operations and Profitability of Entities in Which the Debtor’s Estate Holds a Substantial or Controlling Interest: This periodic report is to be filed by the trustee or debtor in possession reporting the value, operation, and profitability of each entity that is not also a debtor in a Chapter 11 case.

B27: Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet: A cover sheet to be filed with the reaffirmation agreement attached. It may be filed by any party to the reaffirmation agreement. The following information must be provided: creditor’s name, amount of debt, interest rate, repayment terms, and any collateral securing the debt. It must also state whether the debtor was represented by an attorney during negotiations for the reaffirmation agreement, and if so, whether the attorney executed a declaration/affidavit in support of the reaffirmation agreement.

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