Massachusetts law about bankruptcy

A compilation of laws, regulations, cases, and web sources on bankruptcy law.

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Bankruptcy laws

Federal Bankruptcy Code: USC Title 11

Federal exemptions: 11 USC 522. Be sure to see also: Increase of Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions, Other Dollar Amounts: April 1, 2019

Massachusetts exemptions: MGL c.235, § 34

Court rules and fees

Selected cases

Google Scholar: Federal Cases 
Dates of coverage are a bit unclear, but it appears that you can search these cases:

  • All Supreme Court cases
  • Federal Appeals Court cases beginning with v.1 F.2d (1924)
  • Federal District Court cases beginning with v.1 F.Supp. (1932)
  • Bankruptcy Court cases beginning with v. 1 of Bankruptcy Reporter (1979)

The most recent months are not included.

Web sources

Bankruptcy, Nolo. Includes tons of information, including bankruptcy basics, deciding to file, types of bankruptcy, the filing process and procedures, and much more.

Bankruptcy Basics, Videos from the Federal Judiciary
9 videos, about 5 minutes each. "These videos will give you basic information about the process, the relief it offers, and how to find the legal help you may need."

Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property and Repay Debts Over Time, Nolo, 2018.
Includes information on filing, drafting a plan, filling out the forms, life after bankruptcy and more. Requires library card for access.

Collecting Debts Owed by a Bankrupt Customer, Findlaw.
"All bankruptcies play out differently, but the steps a business needs to take to collect a debt from a bankrupt customer are usually surprisingly routine."

Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions, The Bankruptcy
Convenient list of federal exemptions with references to 11 USC 522

A Guide for the Self-Represented Debtor in a Bankruptcy Case, US Bankruptcy Court, District of Mass., April, 2016.
This 95-page manual is designed for someone filing for bankruptcy without an attorney. Includes detailed descriptions of the process, records necessary, forms to file, fees, and more.

How to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy, Nolo, 2019
Includes step by step instruction and all the forms needed to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy. Requires free library card for access.

Increase of Federal Bankruptcy Exemptions, Other Dollar Amounts: April 1, 2019, National Consumer Law Center, 2019.
Covers adjustments for inflation in dollar amounts for federal exemptions, retirement accounts and more.

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