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In response to COVID-19, Help Desk operation may be impacted in your area. Updates to the “Free or Low Cost Bankruptcy Help” information (lower right of this web page) will be entered as soon as the Court receives new information.
Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak, See Important Information Regarding Filing Fees for Self-Represented Litigants:
The Court is not accepting cash at this time. Please do not mail cash. The Court will accept payment by U.S. Postal Service money orders and cashier’s checks issued by an acceptable financial institution. See General Orders for further details.
All petitions from self-represented parties through the mail or eSR are automatically granted a fee installment so that the full required filing fee is due no later than 10 days after the filing of the petition.
Before you file
Bankruptcy can have serious long-term consequences. A lawyer can explain to you what may happen as a result of filing for bankruptcy and what your options are. If you do file for bankruptcy, a lawyer can help protect you, your family, your home and your possessions.
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Individual debtors (not business debtors) must complete a Credit Counseling course before filing for bankruptcy (more info)
After you file
The Electronic Drop Box is a tool available to self-represented litigants to enable them to upload court documents for filing that do not require a filing fee.
Individual debtors (not business debtors) must obtain a Financial Management certificate before a discharge can be granted (more info)
California State Bar Information
Free or Low Cost Bankruptcy Help
|Santa Ana Division
|San Fernando Valley Division
|Coachella Valley Bankruptcy Clinic
|Paso Robles Bankruptcy Clinic
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