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How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Paperback – November 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1413310603 ISBN-10: 1413310605 Edition: Sixteenth Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • Paperback: 555 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; Sixteenth Edition edition (November 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413310605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413310603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

In these times of massive credit card debt and stagnating incomes, filing for bankruptcy has become the only relief for thousands of people. The information in How to File for Bankruptcy is so complete that a person can file virtually on his own, without needing to hire a lawyer. By no means does the book encourage filing for bankruptcy, but it will help anyone in serious financial trouble determine if bankruptcy might be a sensible course to take, and examines what kind is appropriate for different individuals. All of the necessary forms are included, complete with explicit directions. Like all Nolo Press titles, this is a straightforward, no-nonsense book of useful advice and specific guidance, written in clear, easy-to-understand language. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From Library Journal

This book focuses almost exclusively on personal or so-called "straight" bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code, and excludes detailed consideration of Chapter 13 repayment plans. The authors, all lawyers associated with Nolo Press, provide step-by-step information necessary to determine whether or not, and how, to file. Included are worksheets, examples, and illustrative filled-in forms. Although not stated, this volume is apparently intended by Nolo to replace Janice Kosel's perennial Bankruptcy: Do It Yourself , which has a California emphasis; however, it will complement her Chapter 13: Federal Plan to Repay Debts (Nolo Pr., 1987. 3d ed.). The present work is more up-to-date than Benji Anosike's How To Declare Your Personal Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer (Do-It-Yourself Pubs., 1983), and although less comprehensive than the excellent Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice (National Consumer Law Ctr., 1988 . 3d ed.), which is intended for lawyers but useful for laypersons, this is a best buy to support a commonly asked legal reference question. Recommended for public and academic libraries.
- Merlin Whiteman, Indiana Univ. Sch. of Law, Indianapolis
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

It is easy to read, easy to understand and very informative!
CBMF
Buy this book if you are contemplating filing bankruptcy even if you hire an attorney because it will help you understand the process.
Mr. Truthteller
I recently filed for bankruptcy using the book How to File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.
D. Short

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

261 of 273 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book has been my light at the end of the tunnel. It took me approximately 4 wks. to research the book and understand it so I didn't make any mistakes in filing inaccurate information but once I did the paperwork (all through the mail) it only took 1 wk. before the creditors meeting was set for 3 wks. later and the entire chapter 7 should be done within about 3 months. I was the only one present at my meeting without an attorney but my meeting as well as the 15 people before me only took 5 minutes each in front of the trustee. None of the creditors in any of the cases showed up except Sears in other cases but they just noted the information for their records. This is possible to do by yourself and for approximately $175.00 administrative and filing fees. No other costs have been incurred and I am on my way to a new start. Thank you so much!
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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen on September 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
I can't say enough wonderful things about this book!

6 months ago I was contemplating bankruptcy. I searched for a book to help me and decided to buy this one. Honestly, I figured I'd read it, be more confused than ever and have to hire an attorney.

That's NOT what happened. I took a weekend and studied every page of this book and took notes. I filled out and filed my bankruptcy petition on my own. Today, I attended my creditor's meeting. Now, in just 2 months, I'll receive my discharge. All WITHOUT a lawyer!

Filing bankruptcy without a lawyer is more time consuming, but the money saved is worth it. Just take your time and study this book and you'll be fine.

Thank you, Nolo. Buying this book was the best thing I've done this year.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. Short on August 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
I recently filed for bankruptcy using the book How to File a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. It told me where to file, what schedules to file, how to fill them out,what fees I would have to pay. By doing this, I saved myself over a $1000 that a lawyer quoted me if he were going to do it for me. Though meticulous and a bit detailed,the book is not hard to read. So, if you too want to file your bankruptcy yourself and save yourself a $1000, buy this book! I filed, paid my fees, attended the 5 minute bankruptcy hearing myself--all without any problem. It was a breeze!

D.S.

Chicago
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Colorgirl TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 11, 2008
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Having never gone through bankruptcy, I was interested to learn about it as I have a few friends who are facing this situation. This review is from a lay person's perspective.

HOW TO FILE FOR CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY is a large workbook sized book of 542 pages. Within these pages are not only well laid out explanations of all of the intricate ins and outs of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, but lots of hints and tips put in key places throughout the book, as if a teacher were sitting next to you anticipating your questions or things that you might or might not think about while you embark on this complicated journey.

Here is the chapter breakdown

1. SHOULD YOU FILE FOR CHAPTER 7 BANKRUPTCY?
This section explains and overview of bankruptcy in America, who can file, what is involved, does it make sense, and alternatives.

2. THE AUTOMATIC STAY
This chapter talks about actions prohibited by the stay, when the stay does not apply and evictions.

3. YOUR PROPERTY AND BANKRUPTCY
Property in your bankruptcy estate, what is and is not in your bankruptcy estate and what you can keep. Also it covers selling nonexempt property before you file.

4. YOUR HOUSE
How bankruptcy affects a typical homeowner, what if you are behind on mortgage payments, will you lose your home? and ways to prevent home loss.

5. SECURED DEBTS
What they are, how Chapter 7 affects secured debts, choosing the best options on ways to deal with secured debt and step by step instructions.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Aubin VINE VOICE on December 18, 2008
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This is a review for the 2009 (15th) edition of the book. It is an excellent, comprehensive guide for non-lawyers - well organized and written for the lay person, but not dumbed down either. That's really a hard row to hoe in the law - make it easy to read, but also give people enough information to effectively assess many of the situations they would come up against. This is not a "skim it and file it" book. This is a serious, read-this-in-detail book with a pile of stickies next to you to tab the pages for future reference.

The authors are careful to point out situations that call for the assistance of a lawyer, but provide enough information to deal with many of the issues that might arise in a bankruptcy and include critical tips such as reading the court's local rules. There is a comprehensive index and glossary which are a lifesaver when you are going through the process.

There is also a wealth of forms and charts with updated information. It would be nice if the forms were available via an included cd - although the authors do provide a link to where you can find them online. Perhaps my -only- gripe is that you need to know up front if you can file a Chapter 7 proceeding, because if you can't do a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you need to buy another book (and, presumably, cash on hand is something of an issue if you are thinking about buying this book). Perhaps a smaller, cheaper companion guide would be in order to help you determine which book you need.

Finally, I would recommend this book even if you plan on hiring a lawyer for your bankruptcy. Its comprehensive information and easy to read nature will make it easier to follow along in the process and understand what is happening and what you need to do on your end and what you should be getting from your lawyer. Indeed, I would recommend this book to lawyers as a guide for explaining the process to your clients in a straightforward manner.
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