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Federal Bankruptcy Videos

This series of videos are produced by the Federal Judicial Center, in Spanish and English, to explain bankruptcy. It includes answers to the most frequently asked questions. The videos will give basic information about the process, the help it offers, and how to find additional legal help.


default Bankruptcy Basics – Part 1: Introduction What is bankruptcy? What happens in a bankruptcy case? If you are considering bankruptcy, this video gives 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: Chapters 7, 11, and 13. The most common types of bankruptcy are chapter 7 and chapter 13 cases.
default (2) 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.
default (3) 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 complete and file a number of documents.
default (4) 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.
default (5) 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.
default (6) Bankruptcy Basics – Part 7: Courts Hearings In some cases, a debtor may be required to appear at hearings before a bankruptcy judge.
default (7) 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.
default (8) Bankruptcy Basics – Part 9: Legal Assistance Individuals have a right to represent themselves in court, but bankruptcy is very complex that involves many considerations. It is important to understand all the protections of the bankruptcy code to make full use of them.