Online Bankruptcy Resources

Of course, at Argyle, we believe the best practice aid is a hard copy of the Attorney’s Handbook on Consumer Bankruptcy and Chapter 13.  However, we recognize there are other online resources that can be helpful.  Including following sites:

American Bankruptcy Institute’s Consumer Bankruptcy Center
http://consumer.abiworld.org/
On this site, you’ll find the ABI’s “Bankruptcy Pro Bono Resource Locator,” a national directory of lawyers or centers offering free or low-cost bankruptcy services for eligible debtors. The site also has basic bankruptcy information and FAQs.

LegalConsumer.com
http://www.legalconsumer.com/
This website has an interactive means test calculator, to help you determine if you will qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This site also provides specific information based on where you live, like links to your local bankruptcy court and state bankruptcy forms, the median income in your state for purposes of determining Chapter 7 eligibility, and your state law bankruptcy exemption amounts.

Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School (LII)
http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/bankruptcy
On one handy page, you’ll find links to all sorts of laws relating to bankruptcy, including federal bankruptcy statutes, rules and cases, state bankruptcy statutes and cases, and scholarly articles about bankruptcy.

National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC)
http://www.nfcc.org/
The NFCC website provides general information about bankruptcy and more specific information about bankruptcy counseling. It has a national directory of local member agencies — nonprofit credit counseling agencies staffed by NFCC-trained, certified counselors. Counselors can provide pre-bankruptcy counseling as well as counseling regarding debt, credit, and foreclosure issues.

U.S. Court Website Bankruptcy Information
http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/Bankruptcy.aspx
Here you’ll find the U.S. Court’s “Bankruptcy Basics,” an online manual with information about each type of bankruptcy, including Chapter 7 and 13 and other Chapters used by businesses, municipalities, farmers, and fisherman. This site also has interactive bankruptcy forms that you can fill out online, a complete copy of the bankruptcy rules, links to local bankruptcy court websites, and a list of bankruptcy filing fees.

U.S. Trustee’s Website
http://www.justice.gov/ust/
The U.S. Trustee website has information about avoiding bankruptcy foreclosure fraud and other bankruptcy scams. The site also maintains an up-to-date state-by-state list of approved credit counseling agencies and debtor financial management classes.