U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
Southern District of West Virginia
GUIDELINES & REQUIREMENTS
TO ASSIST PRO SE DEBTORS
The information contained in this brochure is intended to answer common
questions from Pro Se Debtors and is not to be interpreted as legal advice. This
information is subject to change without notice. For more detailed information,
consult the Guide for Consumer Pro Se Debtors available on the Court's website
or in the Clerk's Office.
THE "BANKRUPTCY ABUSE PREVENTION AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT
OF 2005" WAS PASSED BY CONGRESS ON APRIL 14, 2005 AND BECAME
EFFECTIVE ON OCTOBER 17, 2005. THE CHAPTER 7 & CHAPTER 13 FILING
REQUIREMENTS LISTED HEREIN HAVE BEEN REVISED TO REFLECT THE
REQUIREMENTS OF THE ACT.
Official Forms & Petition Preparation
The U. S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk's Office will supply the official forms required for filing
bankruptcy upon request or you can download applicable forms and informational
packets from the court's website at: www.wvsb.uscourts.gov/forms.htm. If someone
other than an attorney assists you with the preparation of the bankruptcy forms, you
must disclose the name of the preparer on the petition.
You will be required to present photo identification when entering the courthouse and
must provide a daytime phone number on your petition. Photo identification is required
at the Meeting of Creditors, along with verification of your social security number.
Protecting Your Social Security Number
Individuals filing bankruptcy will place only the last four digits of their Social Security
Number on the bankruptcy petition. Individuals are required to submit, with the
bankruptcy petition, a separate Statement of Social Security Number(s), Official Form
21, in which their full Social Security Number is given. This Statement of Social
Security Number(s) is not part of the public record and will not be available to the public.
Official Form 21 is available on the Court's website at: www.wvsb.uscourts.gov by
clicking on the Forms(National) hype