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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Bankruptcy issues in Pennsylvania.
Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Upsolve

If you need to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to file your bankruptcy through Upsolve. Upsolve is a national non-profit that helps people file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Upsolve is an online program focused on assisting low-income Americans through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Read about whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you!

Approved Credit Counseling Agencies for Pennsylvania

From U.S. Trustee Program. Credit counseling agencies listed on this Web page are nonprofit budget and credit counseling agencies approved to provide counseling that individuals must take before they are eligible to file for bankruptcy protection, 11 U.S.C. § 109(h). Many of the approved agencies listed on this Web site may also provide other counseling services to assist individuals not considering bankruptcy. The United States Trustee Program does not endorse or recommend any particular credit counseling agency or debtor education provider, or guarantee the quality of its counseling or instructional services.

Approved Credit Counseling Agencies - Full Listing (All States and Territories)

From the U.S. Trustee Program. Credit counseling agencies listed on this Web page are nonprofit budget and credit counseling agencies approved to provide counseling that individuals must take before they are eligible to file for bankruptcy protection, 11 U.S.C. § 109(h). This listing also includes credit counseling agencies that provide counseling services in languages other than English.

Bankruptcy Counseling Requirements

Information from Northwestern Legal Services providing an overview about the credit counseling and debtor education now required in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy.

Filing for Bankruptcy: What to Know About Credit Counseling

If you plan to file for bankruptcy protection, you must get credit counseling from a government-approved organization within 180 days before you file. The Federal Trade Commission provides information on that requirement and how to satisfy it.

Upsolve

If you need to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to file your bankruptcy through Upsolve. Upsolve is a national non-profit that helps people file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Upsolve is an online program focused on assisting low-income Americans through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Read about whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you!

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

U.S. Bankruptcy Forms - National

Find a national federal court form. National court forms can be used in all federal courts. Each federal court also maintains their own local court forms. Use the Federal Court Finder at https://www.uscourts.gov/federal-court-finder/search to find a federal court and their local court forms.

Business Entity Bankruptcy

General information from the Erie County Bar Association about bankruptcy issues for a business entity.

Personal Bankruptcy

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on bankruptcy for individuals and families.

Bankruptcy Basics

This handbook from the U.S. Courts provides basic information on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws. It also provides a basic explanation of the different chapters under which a bankruptcy case may be filed and answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the bankruptcy process.

Bankruptcy Basics (Video)

Nine-part video presentation from the U.S. Courts providing an overview of the basic bankruptcy process. Developed from the Federal Judiciary publication "Bankruptcy Basics."

The Discharge in Bankruptcy

This information from the U.S. Courts' "Bankruptcy Basics" attempts to answer some basic questions about the discharge available to individual debtors.

Approved Credit Counseling Agencies for Pennsylvania

From U.S. Trustee Program. Credit counseling agencies listed on this Web page are nonprofit budget and credit counseling agencies approved to provide counseling that individuals must take before they are eligible to file for bankruptcy protection, 11 U.S.C. § 109(h). Many of the approved agencies listed on this Web site may also provide other counseling services to assist individuals not considering bankruptcy. The United States Trustee Program does not endorse or recommend any particular credit counseling agency or debtor education provider, or guarantee the quality of its counseling or instructional services.

Approved Credit Counseling Agencies - Full Listing (All States and Territories)

From the U.S. Trustee Program. Credit counseling agencies listed on this Web page are nonprofit budget and credit counseling agencies approved to provide counseling that individuals must take before they are eligible to file for bankruptcy protection, 11 U.S.C. § 109(h). This listing also includes credit counseling agencies that provide counseling services in languages other than English.

Filing for Bankruptcy: What to Know About Credit Counseling

If you plan to file for bankruptcy protection, you must get credit counseling from a government-approved organization within 180 days before you file. The Federal Trade Commission provides information on that requirement and how to satisfy it.

Filing for Bankruptcy Without an Attorney

Information from the U.S. Courts for individuals who are thinking about filing for bankruptcy without the assistance of an attorney.

U.S. Bankruptcy Forms - National

Find a national federal court form. National court forms can be used in all federal courts. Each federal court also maintains their own local court forms. Use the Federal Court Finder at https://www.uscourts.gov/federal-court-finder/search to find a federal court and their local court forms.

Upsolve

If you need to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to file your bankruptcy through Upsolve. Upsolve is a national non-profit that helps people file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Upsolve is an online program focused on assisting low-income Americans through Chapter 7 bankruptcy at no cost. Read about whether Chapter 7 bankruptcy is right for you!

Frequently Asked Questions - Bankruptcy Resources.org

The American Bankruptcy Institute has created BankruptcyResources.org to help those in financial difficulty find out more about bankruptcy. It features a list of common questions and straightforward answers to the questions.

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