Where to Get Bankruptcy Forms Needed to File


Where to Get Bankruptcy Forms Needed to File

Filing for bankruptcy can be complicated, but getting the right forms is step one. This article explains where to find all the bankruptcy forms you need.

Official Forms

Most bankruptcy forms come from the U.S. Courts website. This includes:

  • Voluntary Petition
  • Schedules A-J
  • Statement of Financial Affairs
  • Chapter 7 Means Test
  • Chapter 13 Plan

Just download the forms as PDFs. Easy!

Local Forms

Many courts need extra local forms like:

  • Cover sheets
  • Fee schedules
  • Fee waivers
  • Rights agreements

Find these at your court’s website. Use the Court Locator.

Filling Out the Forms

Tips for completing the forms:

  • Read instructions carefully
  • Answer every question fully
  • Print legibly in black ink
  • Make photocopies

Get help from court staff or a bankruptcy lawyer if needed.

Assembling Your Forms


  • Petition
  • Schedules
  • Statements
  • Means test
  • Chapter 13 plan
  • Credit counseling certificate
  • Pay stubs
  • Tax returns
  • Local forms

Filing the Forms

File in person, by mail, or electronically. Pay fees or get a waiver.

After Filing

Get your case number. Attend the 341 meeting. Provide any additional documents. Complete credit counseling.

Contact the court clerk if you have questions!

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