Bankruptcy Questions in Corbin, KY


DISCLAIMER: The following information should not be relied upon as legal authority nor should it be used as a substitute for reference to the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Finally, this information should supplement, not substitute, for the advice of competent legal counsel. Please be advised that the Clerk's Office staff is prohibited from giving legal advice. For additional information, please refer to the United States Bankruptcy Code (title 11, United States Code), the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (Bankruptcy Rules), and the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Kentucky.)
 
 
  • What is bankruptcy?
  • What is the automatic stay?
  • Who can start a bankruptcy?
  • What is a joint petition?
  • What are the different "chapters" in bankruptcy?
  • Which chapter is right for me?
  • Where can I get more information concerning bankruptcy and bankruptcy procedures?
  • Do I need an attorney to file bankruptcy?
  • What is a Pro Se Debtor?
  • Can the Clerk's Office give legal advice?
  • What does the Clerk's Office do?
  • What documents do I need to start a bankruptcy?
  • Where can I obtain petition forms?
  • Can the Clerk's Office help me fill out my forms?
  • How do I know if a debt is secured, unsecured, priority or administrative so I can fill out my schedules correctly?
  • What are exemptions?
  • Where do I file my bankruptcy case?
  • How do I "file" a document with the Court?
  • How much are the Court fees to file a bankruptcy?
  • What if I can't pay the filing fees?
  • What happens after I file bankruptcy?
  • Who has access to my case file?
  • What is a bankruptcy trustee? Who is the United State Trustee? What is the difference?
  • How do I find out who is the trustee in a case?
  • What is the creditors' meeting? What can I expect to happen at the meeting?
  • How long does it take for creditors to be notified that a bankruptcy has been filed?
  • What is a discharge?
  • What debts are dischargeable?
  • What is the difference between a denial of discharge and a debt being non-dischargeable?
  • How do I get a copy of my discharge?
  • What does it mean if a case is dismissed?
 
  • What is a motion?
  • What is a reaffirmation agreement?
  • What is a redemption?
  • What are claims and claims objections? How are claims filed?
  • What can I do if a creditor keeps trying to collect money after I have filed bankruptcy?
  • How do I change or correct information in the petition, schedules, and statements I already filed with the clerk's office?
  • What should I do if I cannot make my Chapter 13 payment?
  • My ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy. He/she has listed me as a co-signer on a scheduled debt. What can I do? Does my divorce decree protect me?
  • How many years will a bankruptcy show on my credit report? How long will it take before I can get credit?
  • How do I get the bankruptcy removed from my credit report?
  • What is a Disclosure Statement?
  • What is a Plan of Reorganization in Chapter 11?
  • I am a creditor in a Chapter 11 case and the Plan of Reorganization has been approved. Can the clerk's office explain to me why I have not yet received any payments and when will payments commence?
  • I am a creditor in an asset case. How long before I can expect a dividend payment?
  • I have received a notice and summary of the Trustee's Final Report and Account in a Chapter 7 case. How long will it be before I receive payment on my claim? I am a creditor in a case that converted to another chapter. Is it necessary for me to file another Proof of Claim?
  • How do I get copies of documents or certified copies?
  • What do I do if someone in bankruptcy owes me money?
  • Who do I notify about a possible fraudulent filing?
  • I received a notice that my case is being audited. What does that mean?
  • How do I get my driver's license back?
  • Can I speak with the Judge in my bankruptcy case?
  • Where can I get a copy of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Local Bankruptcy Rules, etc?
  • Where can I get information of credit counseling?
  • Where can I get information on Statement of Current Monthly Income and means testing?
 
 
 
 
What is bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy is a legal procedure for dealing with debt problems of individuals and businesses; specifically, a case filed under one of the chapters of Title 11 of the United States Code (the Bankruptcy Code).
 
What is the automatic stay?
Generally, the filing of the bankruptcy case automatically stays certain collection and other actions against the debtor and the debtor's property. There are some ... Read more
 
Who can start a bankruptcy?
Any person, partnership, corporation or business trust may file a bankruptcy. If the debtor ( person or entity who owes the money) files a petition to start the bankruptcy, ... Read more
 
What is a joint petition?
A joint petition is the filing of a single petition by an individual and the individual's spouse. Only people who are married as of the date they file may file a joint ... Read more
 
What are the different "chapters" in bankruptcy?
Chapter 7 is the liquidation chapter of the Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 7 cases are commonly referred to as "straight bankruptcy" or "liquidation" cases, and may be filed by an individual, ... Read more
 
Which chapter is right for me?
You have a choice in deciding which chapter of the Bankruptcy Code will best suit your needs. The decision whether to file a bankruptcy, and under which chapter to file ... Read more
 
Where can I get more information concerning bankruptcy and bankruptcy procedures?
The easiest way to get low or no-cost bankruptcy advice is to make an appointment with a private attorney. Many will ... Read more
 
Do I need an attorney to file bankruptcy?
While it is possible to file a bankruptcy case "Pro Se", that is, without representation by an attorney, it is extremely difficult to do so successfully. ... Read more
 
What is a Pro Se Debtor?
A Pro Se debtor is a person who files bankruptcy without an attorney. A Pro Se debtor is responsible for all proceedings of his/her case. Failure to comply with the ... Read more
 
Can the Clerk's Office give legal advice?
A bankruptcy case is a legal proceeding affecting the rights of debtors, creditors and other parties in interest. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 955, the Clerk's Office staff is prohibited from ... Read more
 
What does the Clerk's Office do?
The Clerk's Office provides a variety of services to the bankruptcy judges, attorneys, and the public. The Clerk's Office staff provides clerical and administrative support to the court by maintaining case-... Read more
 
What documents do I need to start a bankruptcy?
Click here to see the listing of filing requirements
 
Where can I obtain petition forms?
Petition forms can be found at most local office supply stores or through the court's website and at www.uscourts.gov .
 
Can the Clerk's Office help me fill out my forms?
No, members of the Clerk's Office are prohibited from assisting with the completion of any forms.
 
How do I know if a debt is secured, unsecured, priority or administrative so I can fill out my schedules correctly?
A. Secured DebtA secured debt is a debt that is backed by property. A creditor whose debt is "secured" has a right to take ... Read more
 
What are exemptions?
11 U.S.C. Section 522(b) allows an individual debtor to exempt real, personal, or intangible property from the property of the estate. Exempt assets are protected from ... Read more
 
Where do I file my bankruptcy case?
The bankruptcy court is a Federal Court. The Federal Court system divides the United States into judicial districts. Every state has at least one Federal Judicial ... Read more
 
How do I "file" a document with the court?
Effective December 1, 2004, all attorneys must file electronically. For non-electronic filers, bankruptcy petitions, pleadings and other papers may be ... Read more
 
How much are the Court fees to file a bankruptcy?
For information regarding fees, please refer to the Fee Schedule.The Clerk's Office does not accept personal checks from debtors; payments should be ... Read more
 
What if I can't pay the filing fees?
Can pay installments unless you have a previous case that was dismissed for failure to pay filing fee. To do so, you must complete an application to pay filing ... Read more
 
What happens after I file bankruptcy?
The court issues a notice of bankruptcy to all creditors advising them of the filing of the bankruptcy, the case number, information regarding actions creditors ... Read more
 
Who has access to my case file?
As bankruptcy cases are considered public records, any individual or business can review your case file.
 
What is a bankruptcy trustee? Who is the United State Trustee? What is the difference?
In all Chapter 7,12,13 and in some Chapter ... Read more
 
How do I find out who the trustee is in a case?
The trustee's name and address is printed on the notice of the Section 341(a) Meeting of Creditors. McVCIS ... Read more
 
What is the creditors' meeting? What can I expect to happen at the meeting?
A "meeting of creditors" is the single hearing all debtors must attend in any Bankruptcy proceeding. It is held ... Read more
 
How long does it take for creditors to be notified that a bankruptcy has been filed?
As long as the creditor was listed in the original mailing ... Read more
 
What is a discharge?
The discharge order is issued by the court and permanently prohibits creditors from taking action to collect dischargeable debts against the debtor personally; this does not prevent secured ... Read more
 
What debts are dischargeable?
11 U.S.C. Section 523 lists exceptions to discharge. In general, all other debts are dischargeable.Some debts listed in 11 U.S.C. Section. 523, such as those based on fraudulent conduct, ... Read more
 
What is the difference between a denial of discharge and a debt being non-dischargeable?
Denial of a discharge applies to the debtor's entire proceeding, while determination of non-dischargeability applies to a ... Read more
 
How do I get a copy of my discharge?
You will receive a copy of your discharge in the mail after it is entered. However, if some time has passed and you have not received your discharge or you need another copy please ... Read more
 
What does it mean if a case is dismissed?
A dismissal order ends the case. Upon dismissal the "automatic stay" ends and creditors may start to collect debts, unless a discharge is entered before the dismissal and is not ... Read more
 
 
What is a motion?
A motion is a written formal statement in which the party who is requesting an action, the movant, sets forth his grounds for the action requested. The party against whom the action ... Read more
 
What is a reaffirmation agreement?
A reaffirmation agreement is an agreement by which a bankruptcy debtor becomes legally obligated to pay all or a portion of an otherwise dischargeable debt. Such ... Read more
 
What is a redemption?
Redemption allows an individual debtor (not a partnership or a corporation) to keep tangible, personal property intended primarily for personal, family, or household use by ... Read more
 
What are claims and claims objections? How are claims filed?
A. Claims in the broadest sense, a claim is any right to payment held by a person or company against you and your bankruptcy estate.
A claim does not have to be a past due amount ... Read more
 
What can I do if a creditor keeps trying to collect money after I have filed bankruptcy?
If a creditor continues to attempt to collect a debt after the bankruptcy is filed, the creditor may be in ... Read more
 
How do I change or correct information in the petition, schedules, and statements I already filed with the clerk's office?
The information contained in your petition, schedules, and statement of ... Read more
 
What should I do if I cannot make my Chapter 13 payment?
If the debtor cannot make a Chapter 13 payment on time according to the terms of the confirmed plan, the debtor should contact his or her attorney or the trustee by phone and by ... Read more
 
My ex-spouse has filed bankruptcy. He/she has listed me as a co-signer on a scheduled debt. What can I do? Does my divorce decree protect me?
If you are a co-obligor with your ex-spouse on a debt, the creditor can require the entire payment of ... Read more
 
How many years will a bankruptcy show on my credit report? How long will it take before I can get credit?
The bankruptcy petition, schedules, and plan are public documents and are available to the general public for viewing. Credit ... Read more
 
How do I get the bankruptcy removed from my credit report?
The bankruptcy court has no jurisdiction over credit reporting agencies. The Fair Credit Reporting Act, 6 U.S.C. Section 605, is the law that controls credit reporting agencies. The ... Read more
 
What is a Disclosure Statement in a Chapter 11?
The Disclosure Statement is a document which provides a profile of the corporation, financial information and an overview of the proposed Plan of Reorganization. This information is useful to ... Read more
 
What is a Plan of Reorganization in a Chapter 11?
The Plan of Reorganization is a document that sets ... Read more
 
I am a creditor in a Chapter 11 case and the Plan of Reorganization has been approved. Can the Clerk's Office explain to me why I have not yet received any payments and when ... Read more
 
I am a creditor in an asset case. How long before I can expect a dividend payment?
The court cannot answer this question. It is ... Read more
 
I have received a notice and summary of the Trustee's Final Report and Account in a Chapter 7 case. How long will it be before I receive payment on my claim?
Once the Notice and Summary of the Trustee'... Read more
 
I am a creditor in a case that has converted to another chapter. Is it necessary for me to file another Proof of Claim?
No. Once you have filed a Proof of Claim with the court, it is recorded on a claims register and is ... Read more
 
How do I get copies of documents or certified copies?
Copies of documents and certified copies are available at the Clerk's Office in the Louisville division. There is a cost for photocopying a paper document or printing a ... Read more
 
What do I do if someone in bankruptcy owes me money?
If you are a creditor in an asset case you should receive a claim form and a notice setting a deadline to file the claim. Proof of Claim forms are also available from this web ... Read more
 
Who do I notify about a possible fraudulent filing?
The Office of the United States Trustee reviews complaints about possible fraudulent filings and, if appropriate, notifies the U.S. Attorney for further investigation. For more ... Read more
 
I received a notice that my case is being audited. What does that mean?
Beginning with cases filed on or after 10/20/2006, Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases will be randomly selected for audit. These ... Read more
 
How do I get my driver's license back?
You must contact the county or city district court in which the judgment was obtained for further information.
 
Can I speak with the Judge in my bankruptcy case?
No. Federal law prohibits any contact with the Judge outside of the courtroom in order to preserve the impartiality of the Court and to prevent the ... Read more
 
Where can I get a copy of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Local Bankruptcy Rules, etc?
Copies of the Federal Rules can be obtained from your local law library or the internet. The Local ... Read more
 
Where can I get information on credit counseling?
Please visit the U.S. Trustee's web site. Click here. https://www.justice.gov/ust
 
Where can I get information on Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Testing?
Please visit the U.S. Trustee's web site. Click here. https://www.justice.gov/ust
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