Documents You Need When Filing Bankruptcy

by Paul R. Tom Basic Bankruptcy Information, Myths and FAQs

The following is a list of documents required:

  • Copies of your drivers license and Social Security card (or 1099 or W2).
  • Copies of the last 3 months of statements for all checking, savings, or credit union accounts you have (or had) at any financial institution.
  • Copies of all brokerage account statements for the past 12 months.
  • Copies of loan agreements with any creditor having a lien on your home, or your car, boat, or other personal property.
  • Legal description of all real property (land) that you own. This can be found on the deed or tax statement.
  • Titles to all vehicles, boats, trailers (including mobile homes) in your name.
  • Pay stubs or other records showing the gross income of all people in your household for the past 6 months (For example, if you plan on filing your bankruptcy in December, we’ll need to know the gross income from June through November).
  • Copies of the most recent bills from your creditors.
  • Copies of your federal and state income tax returns for the previous year.
  • Copies of your credit report from all three bureaus.