A Bankruptcy Timeline

This timeline will show the course of events to expect when filing for bankruptcy:

· Chapter 7 Eligibility: You are eligible to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy after eight years have passed from a previous Chapter 7 discharge or after six years have passed from a previous Chapter 13 discharge.

· Chapter 13 Eligibility: You are eligible to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy after four years have passed from a previous Chapter 7 discharge or after two years have passed from a previous Chapter 13 discharge.

90 Days Prior to Filing for Bankruptcy:
You must have been an Illinois resident for at least 90 days when you file for bankruptcy. If you have not lived in Illinois for at least 90 days, you will need to file for bankruptcy in the state where you previously resided.

Debtor Education Classes:
According to the new bankruptcy laws, you must complete the appropriate credit counseling and debtor education classes before filing your bankruptcy petition. At the end of the course, you will be given a Certificate of Completion. This certificate must be included with your final petition or your bankruptcy case may be dismissed.

Your Bankruptcy Case is Filed:
As soon as your bankruptcy petition is filed with the courts, your case officially begins. You will automatically be granted two things:
· A bankruptcy Trustee will be appointed on your behalf to manage your case. Specifically, the Trustee will review your case, make sure you have no missing information in your petition, and schedule a meeting with your creditors.
· An Automatic Stay will be issued on your behalf. This federal law prohibits your creditors from contacting you in writing or by phone to collect any money from you or from taking any legal action against you.

15 Days After Filing for Bankruptcy:
About two weeks after your case is filed with the court, you will receive a Notice of Commencement of Case. Within this notice will be the scheduled date for the Meeting of Your Creditors. This notice and meeting date will also be sent to your creditors, who will be given a deadline for objecting to your petition or filing their own claims against you.

30 Days After Filing for Bankruptcy:
About one month after you file your bankruptcy petition, you will be required to attend the Meeting of Your Creditors. Key facts to know about this meeting:
· Your attendance at this meeting is mandatory. If you do not appear, your bankruptcy case will be dismissed, and you will have to file your petition all over again.
· The meeting will be held at the local Bankruptcy Court, will be fairly informal, and will last about 10 to 20 minutes.
· You will have to testify under oath that your petition is accurate.
· The Trustee appointed to your case and your attorney will both be present. Your creditors may attend, but they normally do not appear. The Trustee indirectly represents them.
· The Trustee will ask you questions about your finances and your bankruptcy petition. He/she will try to find any of your property that is not protected by state or federal exemptions and take that property, so that it can be distributed to your creditors.

60 Days After the Meeting of Your Creditors:
About two months after the Meeting of Your Creditors, you will receive a Notice of Discharge, which is an order from the United States Bankruptcy Court indicating that your approved debts were discharged. (You will receive this notice ONLY if your Trustee does not dismiss your case or if your creditors do not object to the discharge of your debts.) Once your debts have been discharged, your creditors are prohibited from making any attempt to collect money from you.

You are now debt-free and given a new financial beginning! You may begin to build your credit score back up and to make prudent financial decisions. You cannot file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy within an eight-year period, and the bankruptcy will be reported on your credit report during that eight years but it is now possible to rebuild your credit.

At Chandraiah Law, we look forward to walking through each of these steps together. Please contact us online or by phone to get started with your free consultation today.

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Chandraiah Law Firm is a bankruptcy law firm helping people file bankruptcy under the bankruptcy code.