U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Filing Without an Attorney

Individuals who are thinking of filing a bankruptcy petition without an attorney may want to visit the Federal Judiciary's national web site at:

Deputy clerks cannot give legal advice or help parties fill out documents that are to be filed with the court. We urge parties to hire an attorney. They may also contact the agencies below for legal advice or assistance in finding an attorney or filling out court documents. In addition, parties that meet certain requirements may qualify to receive legal assistance at a reduced cost.

  • New Orleans Bar Association (Lawyer Referral Service) 504-561-8828
  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
    • New Orleans, East Jefferson and St. Bernard 877-521-6242, 504-529-1000, or 504-529-1008
    • West Bank Jefferson, St. Charles and Plaquemines 800-624-4771 or 504-340-1381
    • Houma (serving Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes) 800-256-1660 or 985-851-5687
    • Hammond 800-349-0886 or 985-345-2130
    • Covington 800-891-0076 or 985-893-0076

Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Information
To be eligible to file for bankruptcy relief on or after September 16, 2009, individuals are required to obtain pre-bankruptcy credit counseling.  Also, individuals filing for bankruptcy relief on or after that date are required to complete a personal financial management instructional course (debtor education) in order to receive a discharge.

The following resources are included to assist you. Also, you may view local rules, “Bankruptcy Basics,” and “2005 Bankruptcy Act Resources.”

  1. Required Lists, Schedules, Statements and Fees (B 200) 11/11
  2. Court Fees
  3. Voluntary Petition (Form B 1) 12/11 , Schedules, Statement of Financial Affairs (Form B 7) 04/10
  4. Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor (B 201A) 11/11
  5. Certification of Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor(s) (B 201B) 12/09
  6. Exhibit D (Form B 1D) 12/09
  7. Statement of Social Security Number (Form B 21) 12/07
  8. Chapter 7 Individual Debtor’s Statement of Intention (Form B 8) 12/08
  9. Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Form B 22A) (For Use in Chapter 7 Only) 12/10
  10. Census Bureau Median Family Income by Family Size
  11. Statement of Currently Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period and Disposable Income (Form B 22C) (For Use in Chapter 13) 12/10
  12. Statement of Current Monthly Income (Form B 22B) (For Use in Chapter 11) 12/10
  13. Application to Pay Filing Fee in Installments (Form B 3A) 12/07
  14. Application For Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee (Form B 3B) 11/11
  15. Poverty Guidelines
  16. Reaffirmation Agreement (B 240) 04/10
  17. Request to Reschedule 341(a) Meeting of Creditors and Consent to Extend Deadlines
  18. Declaration Regarding Electronic Filing 5/13

Debtor's Duties under Section 521

Debtors should be aware of their duties under Section 521 of the Bankruptcy Code to file certain documents. Failing to do so could result in the dismissal of the bankruptcy case. If individual chapter 7 or 13 debtors do not file certain information required by Section 521(a)(1) within 45 days after the filing of the petition, the case will be automatically dismissed on the 46th day after the date of the filing of the petition.