Bankruptcy Basics (Video)



This is a 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."

A specific Part of the program may be selected from the playlist by clicking the symbol in the upper right of the playback screen next to the title. Click the X in the uppper right of the list to close it when the video begins.

The videos may also be viewed on the Federal Judiciary Channel on YouTube at the link below. Uploaded on May 3, 2010. View the Video:


Summary of Videos:

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 1: Introduction
What is bankruptcy? What happens in a bankruptcy case? Bankruptcy is a legal process that provides relief for individuals who can no longer pay all of their debts. If you are considering bankruptcy, this video will give you basic information about the process, the relief it offers, and how to find the legal help you may need.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 2: Types of Bankruptcy
A brief review of the three main types of bankruptcy cases for individuals chapters 7, 11, and 13. The most common types of bankruptcy are chapter 7, which are liquidating bankruptcy, and chapter 13 cases, often used by individuals who want to catch up on past due mortgage or car loan payments and keep their assets.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 3: Limits of Bankruptcy
Certain types of debt, such as child support, alimony, and most student loans, cannot be discharged in bankruptcy. Wrongful conduct may make some debts non-dischargeable. Examples of such conduct are incurring credit card charges without the intent or ability to repay, or obtaining loans using false financial information.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 4: Filing for Bankruptcy
How does someone file a bankruptcy case? In order to file for bankruptcy, an individual must take a credit counseling course to learn about alternatives to bankruptcy as well as accurately complete and file a number of documents.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 5: Creditors' Meeting
Every debtor is required to appear at a creditors' meeting conducted by a trustee who asks the debtor questions about the debtor's financial condition and gives creditors the opportunity to do the same.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 6: Bankruptcy Crime
A debtor must be honest and accurate in dealing with the court or face serious consequences, including being charged with a bankruptcy crime.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 7: Courts Hearings
In some cases, a debtor may be required to appear at hearings before a bankruptcy judge.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 8: The Discharge
Debtors are usually able to discharge most or all of their debts. Once a debt is discharged, a creditor may not attempt to collect it from the debtor.

Bankruptcy Basics - Part 9: Legal Assistance
When does someone need a lawyer for a bankruptcy case? Individuals have a right to represent themselves in court, but bankruptcy is a complex area that involves many considerations including whether to file, what chapter to file under, and what exemptions to claim. It is important to understand all of the protections of the bankruptcy code in order to make full use of them.

Last Review and Update: Jan 05, 2022
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