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What documents might you need when filing bankruptcy?

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2021 | Bankruptcy |

Deciding to take significant steps to address overwhelming debt can be the start of an important journey for Michigan residents. They may have lived with serious financial issues for years before deciding that bankruptcy could be the best route for addressing their outstanding liabilities. Certainly, taking this route is not easy, but it could be a useful option for working toward a fresh financial start.

First it is important to note that bankruptcy is not for everyone and that it is not just an easy fix for serious debt problems. While it can lead to debt relief for qualifying individuals, it involves a considerable amount of work on the part of the petitioner as well as meeting the necessary qualifications. If an individual does begin the process for Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, it is important to have all the needed documents and information.

Some records that a petitioner will need to produce for his or her case include the following:

  • Tax returns covering the appropriate number of years, such as two years for Chapter 7 or four years for Chapter 13
  • W-2 forms, pay stubs and other income-related documentation
  • Retirement account information
  • Records showing debts and expenses not covered by other documentation
  • Vehicle ownership details, such as loan information, value of the vehicle, proof of insurance and vehicle registration
  • Bank account statements
  • Mortgage details, including home appraisal, payment statements, deed and proof of insurance

Depending on the exact case, more records and documentation may be needed. As a result, Michigan residents considering bankruptcy may want to approach their cases on an individual basis. This could mean gaining personalized insight and advice regarding this debt relief method that suits their particular circumstances.


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