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Very SCARED, please hep..Is Govt Assisatnce made PUBLIC in bankrupsy ?

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  • Very SCARED, please hep..Is Govt Assisatnce made PUBLIC in bankrupsy ?

    hello, Iam new here and hope someone can help me ..please. I need to file for bankrupsy due to medical bills and cc. Can you please tell me if everything personal is made PUBLIC ? What is put in pacer and in public ? is it only the creditors owed or everything you give to the lawyer, such as your last 20 years history, ?

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    Hi Amanda,
    Pacer shows information pertaining to your case..who you owe/what you owe, who files a claim, etc. What kind of personal info are you concerned about?
    Filed Chapter 13 - 07/20/12
    Discharged 8/2/16


    • #3
      There are some ways to block information based on issues such as public official, law enforcement, domestic violence, stalking, and so on. Talk with a lawyer during one of their free consults to see how information can be protected and what can not in your state.

      Public assistance itself is nothing to be ashamed of. We citizen types in nations that have assistance programs deliberately voted them in to provide a safety net, same with bankruptcy, it's another safety net. Without them, Folks that temporarily fall on hard times may never come out. Folks that never got a chance or those facing challenges physically or mentally, would be discarded.

      Those who would judge others based on rough times, should find themselves another hobby.


      • #4
        The short answer is yes, your receipt of public assistance is part of public bankruptcy filings.Will the "whole world" be informed of this? No. Will your sphere of people find out? Unlikely, unless they want to spend time, money and effort to do so.

        One form that is part of your BK petition is Schedule I which is where you list all your income. On Line 8f. you must list "Other government assistance that you regularly receive Include cash assistance and the value (if known) of any non-cash assistance that you receive, such as food stamps (benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or housing subsidies". You must also list on a blank line what the specific assistance is (SNAP, Section 8, TANF, etc) and the monthly amount. If you receive public assistance and don't list it and file the petition, they you just committed perjury, something that you really don't want to do. That is the one form where public assistance is listed not sure if there are other forms.

        The best way to find out what is part of the public record regarding your bankruptcy is to get a PACER account, locate the filings for your BK case and see for yourself. PACER contains all documentation on your case that was submitted to the court. From what I've observed, what initially gets submitted is the required BK forms and not much else. All the documents you gave to an attorney to draft your BK petition most likely won't end up filed in court. The info you provide is usually based on the past 6 months, not the past 20 years. i don't know if you are filing or plan to file a 7 or 13, my perspective comes from filing a 13.

        That all said while BK filings are public info, the documentation information that is filed with the court to my understanding is not disseminated and to get this type of info, someone has to put in a little effort to get it, and I think that 99.8% of the people have better things to do than spend their free time on PACER and won't bother trying to finding out. In other places where BK info is made public, such as a newspaper (not many papers publish that info and and not as many people read papers these days), only the fact that you filed a BK is listed. Not sure about online services that gather public info, but I have to assume they provide info you may see in a newspaper.

        I have no experience with wage garnishment to pay a trustee (my district doesn't require it), but I don't believe an employer gets anything more than an order to withhold money and pay the trustee.
        Last edited by switch625; 01-13-2018, 10:47 AM.
        Filed Ch 13 Fall 2013, 60 month plan


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