The first step in filing chapter 7 bankruptcy is to have a detailed consultation with an experienced and knowledgeable bankruptcy attorney who will take the time to listen to your situation and provide expert analysis. Once you have made the decision to file chapter 7, you will provide all the documents your attorney has requested of you and she will then prepare the bankruptcy paperwork. The next step is your review of all documents to be filed in your bankruptcy and your authorization to file the paperwork with the court. Upon your attorney filing the bankruptcy, you will receive a case number, also called a docket number, and the date and time of your court hearing. Under Covid, your hearing will be conducted by Zoom or telephone and will take place about 30 to 45 days after the bankruptcy was filed. The bankruptcy case will be over about 90 days after the court hearing. You will receive a court order in the mail when the case is over, called a Discharge Order.
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