Petition Requirements

New petitions should contain the following documents, and they should be in the following order*:


  • Voluntary Petition (Form B1)
  • Exhibit D
  • Statement of Intentions (not required for chapter 13)
  • Statement of Financial Affairs
  • Summary of Schedules (pages 1 and 2)
  • Schedules A-J in consecutive order
  • Declaration Concerning Debtor's Schedules
  • Matrix
  • Disclosure of Compensation of Attorney for Debtor or a statement by the Bankruptcy Petition Preparer
  • Means Test

Petitions should also be accompanied by:

  • Debtor's Certification/Completion of Credit Counseling (Docketed separately from petition)
  • Payment Advices (Docketed separately from petition)
  • B21 Form/Statement of Social Security Number (Applies only to petitions filed over the counter/through the mail)
  • Proper filing fee

Please Note: Pursuant to the Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, Verifying and Maintaining Pleadings and Other Papers in the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) System, Section III (1)(c), "Filing Users shall serve one copy of each petition, statement, schedules and all attachments on the case trustee within seven (7) days after filing the papers with the court."

*If your bankruptcy preparation software doesn't automatically place the petition documents in this order, contact your software technical support for assistance.