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  • chicagoannie
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    Originally posted by gman View Post
    Top tidbits on filing pro se.

    1. Attend some 341 hearings in your area if at all humanly possible. I spent a few hours and watched 35 cases run through. I also had conversations with some debtors there as well. This helped tremendously, not only to see what the process was like (as every TRUSTEE is different) but also gave me peace of mind because I came in prepared.

    2. Liquidate everything in your savings / checking and start using money orders to pay all bills. Why? Well, I made the mistake of having some funds in my count deposited AFTER I filed and my credit union froze them. Thankfully I got them to unfreeze them within 48 hours....but it was an unnecessary mess.

    3. Download a free copy of BEST CASE Chapter 7 bankruptcy software so you can run any scenarios you need to before your final filing. Note a free copy does not allow you to print out your paperwork....you will still need to fill this in on the side.

    4. Contact the clerk in your district to get any specific forms that your local court uses. They were very helpful.

    5. Read up on reaffirming home and car debts. Too lengthy to list the pros and cons here.

    6. Understand at day's end - Chapter 7 cases are not "money makers" for the Trustees, so you want to make sure you are not the nail that sticks out of the wood. If your case is simple and straightforward...you will fly through as there is literally no profit incentive for them to scrutinize your case.

    7. When in doubt - call a lawyer or two or three and pick their brain. I found that some knew the law...while some shockingly did not. Even better, the people in here live and breathe issues every day. This forum was simply a life saver for me.

    I could write a book....but these would be my main ones....

    Best of luck.
    Gman - Thanks so much for taking the time to post these tips. I am on track with most of them but never heard of the Best Case Ch 7 software so I will check that out. I really think my case is very simple and straightforward - absolutely no assets. I rushed to file, tho, due to impending utility shut off, so I am hoping any errors I may have made are easy for me to fix and the Trustee does not get annoyed.

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  • gman
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    Originally posted by broken01 View Post
    when we count 10 days or 30 days or 60 days, holidys are included or we count business days only. My 341 was on 22 Nov, so today is thanksgiving how many days i count now?
    holidays, weekends, etc ARE INCLUDED

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  • gman
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    Originally posted by helpme2010 View Post
    I like this thread. The one thing that doesn't happen necessarily is 60 days after the 341 you are discharged. I was expecting this, but it looks like it will be at least 90 days or more.
    60 days is the final date the trustee and/or creditors can OBJECT to your case....not the date it is DISCHARGED.

    As you have found - the DISCHARGE can be more than 60 days. The simple / uncontested cases are usually discharged within 1 week of the 60 day deadline.

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  • gman
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    Originally posted by chicagoannie View Post
    gman - thanks for the tips! You filed pro se, correct? I just started that journey last week. Feel free to post any other helpful tidbits!
    Top tidbits on filing pro se.

    1. Attend some 341 hearings in your area if at all humanly possible. I spent a few hours and watched 35 cases run through. I also had conversations with some debtors there as well. This helped tremendously, not only to see what the process was like (as every TRUSTEE is different) but also gave me peace of mind because I came in prepared.

    2. Liquidate everything in your savings / checking and start using money orders to pay all bills. Why? Well, I made the mistake of having some funds in my count deposited AFTER I filed and my credit union froze them. Thankfully I got them to unfreeze them within 48 hours....but it was an unnecessary mess.

    3. Download a free copy of BEST CASE Chapter 7 bankruptcy software so you can run any scenarios you need to before your final filing. Note a free copy does not allow you to print out your paperwork....you will still need to fill this in on the side.

    4. Contact the clerk in your district to get any specific forms that your local court uses. They were very helpful.

    5. Read up on reaffirming home and car debts. Too lengthy to list the pros and cons here.

    6. Understand at day's end - Chapter 7 cases are not "money makers" for the Trustees, so you want to make sure you are not the nail that sticks out of the wood. If your case is simple and straightforward...you will fly through as there is literally no profit incentive for them to scrutinize your case.

    7. When in doubt - call a lawyer or two or three and pick their brain. I found that some knew the law...while some shockingly did not. Even better, the people in here live and breathe issues every day. This forum was simply a life saver for me.

    I could write a book....but these would be my main ones....

    Best of luck.

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  • helpme2010
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    I like this thread. The one thing that doesn't happen necessarily is 60 days after the 341 you are discharged. I was expecting this, but it looks like it will be at least 90 days or more.

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  • chicagoannie
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    gman - thanks for the tips! You filed pro se, correct? I just started that journey last week. Feel free to post any other helpful tidbits!

    Leave a comment:


  • broken01
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    when we count 10 days or 30 days or 60 days, holidys are included or we count business days only. My 341 was on 22 Nov, so today is thanksgiving how many days i count now?

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  • angles
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    hey thanks, this is great!

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  • coak1875
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    Thanks so much for this information now i count down my 341 Dec 30th 2010.

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  • AngelinaCat
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    Yes, gman. Thank you for posting this. I will make it a sticky.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • ValleYum
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    Thanks for the great info, gman!!

    Crossing my fingers, toes and all other crossable body parts that you get good news tomorrow!!!

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