Checklist and timetable for Chapter 12 bankruptcy proceedings

Below is a sample of a checklist that your bankruptcy attorney might use to ensure that your bankruptcy petition is complete at the time of filing: ___ All debtor’s AKAs (“also known as”) and DBAs (“doing business as”) listed in caption___ Debtor’s Social Security number (last 4 digits) and employer’s tax ID number in caption, if required___ Debtor’s name spelled correctly___ Attorney’s telephone number listed on petition___ All areas on the form completed___ Cover sheet completed and signed, if required___ All property listed and described___ Entire legal description of real property in schedules, if required___ Debtor certain all property and debts are listed in schedules___ All required information listed on forms___ Creditors on matrix (list of creditors) in alphabetical order, if required___ All addresses in matrix are common addresss – no P.O. boxes___ All addresses in matrix contain zip codes___ Debtor and/or bankruptcy attorney has signed petitions and schedules___ Verification signed by debtor___ If petition is a joint petition, all debtors have signed the petition___ Pre-petition counseling obtained___ Certificate of pre-petition counseling attached to Exhibit D___ Exhibit D filed with petition or within 14 days___ All forms are in the correct order___ Matrix is included___ Extra copies of the package made for the client and file___ Correct filing fee accompanies package___ Filing fee paid by attorney’s check, if required___ Package is securely bound___ Pay stubs have Social Security number redacted (except last 4 digits)Below is a sample of a timetable your bankruptcy attorney might use to monitor each step of your Chapter 12 bankruptcy proceeding:

ACTION DEADLINE DUE FILED
File Petition, Notice to Debtors, Exhibit D with pre-petition credit counseling statement, and Matrix (list of creditors)
File Schedules, Statement of Financial Affairs, Informational Notice, Pay stubs, Statement of Anticipated Change in Financial Condition, Attorney’s Compensation Statement Within 14 days of filing petition (if not filed within 45 days, the case will automatically be dismissed).
File tax return for year preceding filing 7 days before meeting of creditors.
Meeting of creditors. Bring photo ID and other required documents 21 to 35 days after filing petition.
File Plan Within 90 days of the Order for Relief.
File creditors’ claims Within 90 days of §341(a) meeting of creditors.
If a creditor does not file a claim, the debtor or trustee may file the claim. Within 30 days after expiration of the time for creditors to file claims.
Hearing to confirm plan Within 45 days of date plan was filed
File Objections to plan 3 days before confirmation hearing date
Discharge hearing 10 days after confirmation hearing.

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