Finding, Completing, and Filing Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Forms

Chapter 11 bankruptcy forms are designed to allow a business to file for bankruptcy protection and either continue operations while re-organizing in order to handle overwhelming debt, or terminate operations completely. Although bankruptcy is always considered a federal court case, chapter11 forms are specific to each state and district. There are 94 federal districts, with at least one in every state as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. If you do not know what district you are in, you can find them listed online at:

Chapter 11 is not a form of personal bankruptcy: is restricted to use by professional companies. In other words, chapter 11 bankruptcy is intended solely for business debts. While generally used only by large firms, a small business can sometimes also file for chapter 11 bankruptcy. A small business debtor who owes debts in excess of the limits for chapter 13 (unsecured $250,000 and secured $750,000) but whose total debt is less than $2 million can sometimes be qualified differently by the bankruptcy courts and given "fast-track" treatment. In other words, because small business bankruptcies are usually less complicated than those of large firms and involve smaller sums of debt and no shareholders, they can be treated more rapidly and with fewer involved parties than a large-scale chapter 11 bankruptcy.

The court will generally attempt to allow a small business to continue its operations while under chapter 11. This is somewhat like a chapter 13 bankruptcy in which debts are re-organized under new terms of agreement. A business that can continue its day-to-day profits is considered more valuable than a business forced into foreclosure. Eventual repayment plans can be based on the projected future profits of the business.

If you are a small business owner and you are looking for forms to file a chapter 11 bankruptcy, you should consult with a qualified attorney to see the exact options and conditions that might apply to your case. When the details, limitations, and conditions of your case are clear, find out exactly what forms you will need to file. You can obtain your chapter 11 bankruptcy forms in several different ways. If you are working with an attorney or paralegal they will most likely supply you with the forms you need. Most legal forms are available for download online in a variety of formats- while some sites charge for these forms, you may be able to find them free if you spend some time looking. Sometimes bankruptcy forms are also available for purchase at a stationary or office supply store.

There are several sources of quality information online that present easy-to-understand explanations of what you will need to know about how to file for bankruptcy online. Reliable sites such as cover all the essentials and are very valuable tools that you will want to have on your side when you're ready to file your forms.


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