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St Louis Bankruptcy: What Do I Need To Give My Attorney To File My Bankruptcy?


In all honesty, there is a bit of paperwork involved with the filing of a St Louis bankruptcy. But the documentation that your attorney will need is necessary in order to properly protect your legal interests. Below is a brief explanation of the documents that are needed:

  1. Regardless of which chapter of bankruptcy you file, it will be very important that your St Louis bankruptcy attorney receive any and all information related to your household income over the previous six (6) months. This information will in turn determine whether or not you qualify for a discharge in a St Louis Chapter 7. So any paystubs (for you and your spouse, even if he/she is not planning on filing with you) from full-time, part-time, or 1099 contract work; information related to governmental benefits (including unemployment security, Social Security (SSD and SSI), food stamps, etc.); child support; self employment (such as profit/loss statements from a business); and any other documentation that relates to household income.
  2. The most recently filed tax returns (both federal and state)
  3. Information related to all of your assets and belongings (for instance, we have a packet for you to fill out that asks questions about your real and personal property)
  4. And a list of all your debts (whether they are unsecured (like a credit card), secured (like a home loan), or priority (like back child support)

There may be other information that will be needed on a case-by-case basis. For instance, if you have recently divorced from your spouse, then we would need a copy of the divorce decree; or if you are the beneficiary of a trust fund or will, we will request a copy of that document; or if you have been receiving letters from collection agencies, we will want to take a look at them (to determine if the collector is playing by the rules).


The list of documents may seem imposing, but it really amounts to “busy work” on your end. And besides, you wouldn’t want to file a case that has inaccuracies or blemishes!! In order to avoid that outcome, we take out time and make sure that every form and schedule we create is as accurate as possible (and believe me, that save a lot of time in the future!!)

The affordable St. Louis bankruptcy attorneys at The Bankruptcy Company have been saving and protecting people’s assets for years. Our goal is to make sure that you keep the assets and property you want, discharge the debts that you want to get rid of, and do it all at an affordable cost to you. All phone conversations and office consultations are free of charge.

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