Beginning bankruptcy: Do you know how to petition the court?

| May 4, 2017 | Blog, Firm News |

After deciding to take the leap and move forward with bankruptcy to address your overwhelming debt, you may feel a sense of empowerment due to having a solid direction in which you would like to move. Of course, the bankruptcy process involves several steps, and that sense of empowerment may quickly turn to confusion if you do not know how to begin your process. Luckily, many of the steps have a relative simplicity.

In order to begin your bankruptcy case, you must request that the court hear your case. This part of the proceedings falls under petitioning the court. Once you file a petition and the court grants your request, your legal proceedings can move forward.

Appropriate forms

The first aspect of petitioning the court revolves around obtaining your bankruptcy forms. In some cases, you may have the ability to get these forms online and fill them out in your own time, or you may wish to visit the courthouse in order to get your forms. Going in person could potentially better ensure that you obtain the correct forms.

Filing the forms

The next step expected from you in terms of beginning your bankruptcy process involves filing the forms. After you have completed the necessary forms, you take them to the court in order to have them filed. When filing your petition, you can also supply any appropriate evidence relating to your case that may prove useful to the individuals reviewing your request.

You may also want to find out beforehand whether a notary must witness your signing of the forms.

After filing

After you file your forms, you should receive information regarding your hearing date and where to go for your hearing. At this time, you should learn whether the court grants you permission to move forward with your bankruptcy case.

Legal assistance

This step of the bankruptcy process often proves easy to complete. However, you may still feel some apprehension when it comes to ensuring that you have obtained the right forms and filled them out correctly. Because any mistakes with legal forms could hinder your debt relief process, you may wish to thoroughly review your forms before filing.

Additionally, if you obtain the assistance of an Ohio attorney, this individual will file the forms for you. Therefore, you do not have to worry about going through the steps of obtaining and filing the forms yourself. As a result, you may feel more at ease as you begin your bankruptcy journey.