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The Information you will need:

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1. Download the following: Worksheet and Instructions. (You can "download" it once you link to it)

2. Search your name and determine if you have real property in your name, any outstanding mortgages, Supreme Court lawsuits against you, AND/OR judgments filed against you here.

NOTE: some lawsuits or judgments will NOT appear here (ex. small claims or city court judgments won't appear if the creditor did not file them here.) Also, if you own property in another county or if you have been sued in another county, it will not appear here.

3. You can also print up a free copy of your deed and your mortgage on the MCCO site.

4. To get the resale value of your automobile click here: Kelley Blue Book (Please print out and keep copies of the PRIVATE PARTY RESALE value.)

5. You can find the value of your home and obtain copies of your tax bill by checking your last property tax bill, looking at the "assessed value":

  • Print your city property tax bill: City Tax
  • Print your county tax and suburban school tax for property in Monroe County: County Tax

This is usually close to accurate but not always. If you have recently refinanced your mortgage or taken a second mortgage - within the last two years, obtain a copy of the appraisal, used in obtaining that financing.

6. Get free credit reports weekly with AnnualCreditReport.Com.

ALL DEBTORS - Before You File:

Before you file, you must take a pre-filing class "Debtor Education" - ask me when you should take this class AFTER you have completed and turned in your worksheet.

After you file, within 30 days, you should take the post filing class. PLEASE take this BEFORE your meeting with the trustee (a/k/a: 341 Hearing/Meeting of Creditors)

After you take this class, you must complete a form before the certificate can be filed.

NOTE: on each page go to the "Western District" FIRST


After you file, you must take the Debtor Education class. For all providers in the Western District click here: POST filing then scroll down to "Western District".

For Chapter 13 clients: When your plan is COMPLETE, please fill out this form: DSO & Sect 522q


Statement of Net Worth. Click here (this list may not include all property you own, so be sure to add anything not listed) If possible, make copies of recent bank, 401k, retirement, and other financial account statements. Remember, if a degree or license is earned by either of you while you were married, that may be marital property too. List of all liabilities, who is liable for them, and the total amount owed. (collect copies of recent statements if possible.) Be sure to note whether an account is joint or not. (If you cannot view this document, under "file" you can download it as a PDF.)

NOTE: Just because you never used a card doesn't necessarily mean that you are not a joint debtor on that account. Your yearly income and your spouse's yearly income as well as a list of all present and past employers for you and your spouse beginning with the date you were married. If there are any existing court orders, please bring them with you. Ex. custody, child support, order of protection, etc. Also, if you have a child support order and your spouse is in arrears, please try to get the amount he or she is in arrears. If you and your spouse can agree on what to do with your children, your assets and your liabilities, make notes of that as well.

Your divorce, if contested, will end in either a trial where a judge will determine how assets, liabilities and children will be handled; a written agreement which will settle these issues, or an oral stipulation which you will sign by signing this document: Adoption of Oral Stipulation.


Have your traffic tickets handy. Try to remember exactly what happened, why you were pulled over, what the officer asked you and what you said or did. If you took the breath test, try to remember what your B.A.C. reading was. List all prior convictions, except minor traffic offenses. This includes all other criminal charges. List any outstanding charges, including traffic tickets, parking, etc. Know your current status: are you on parole, out on bail, if so, how much? List each time you were in court on this charge, what happened and if anyone gave you any papers or if they were mailed to you. Keep the envelope or make a note of when you received what and bring everything with you. When is your next court date, in which court are you to appear and who is the Judge?


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