- Instructor: Attorney Bob Schaller
- Lectures: 13
Chapter 7 Petition.
Every individual debtor seeking Chapter 7 bankruptcy relief commences a case by filing a “petition.” 11 U.S.C. § 301. But what constitutes a petition? Unlike the U.S. district courts that giver great latitude to drafters of a civil complaint, the U.S. bankruptcy courts do not give similar latitude to drafters of a Chapter 7 petition. Instead, the Bankruptcy Rules requires a debtor to use a specific national form prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United States. Bankruptcy Rule 9009(a). These rules are strictly enforced. The petition form may not be changed as to affect wording or the order of presenting information. Id.
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