1.Cashier’s check or money order for filing fee. PLEASE NOTE: We only accept the filing fee on the day or week of filing your case:

Chapter 7 single filer — $375

Chapter 13 single filer — $350

Chapter 7 joint filer — $412

Chapter 13 joint filers — $387

*The fees include the court filing fee and credit report fee.

2.Driver’s License OR State of Florida ID AND Social Security Card.
3.MUST complete the Pre-Filing Credit Counseling Course* and print out the certificate (instructions included in your packet). PLEASE TAKE THE COURSE AND MAKE THE PHONE CALL AT LEAST ONE DAY PRIOR TO YOUR PETITION SIGNING APPOINTMENT. Additional cost (NOT INCLUDED).

  1. Notice: Course can be completed either: (1) online or (2) by telephone, with an appointment made in advance
  2. If filing jointly with spouse, course can be taken together online.
4.STATEMENTS for all Real Estate/ Timeshares/ Cemetery plots (etc.)
5.SIX (6) MONTHS of Bank statements for ALL personal and/or business checking & savings accounts as well as transaction history including all activity on the accounts up to the current date that your name is listed on (even if it is a child or parent’s account, if your name is on it, we need it). *** DO NOT SEND SCREENSHOTS ***

  1. SEND EVERY PAGE OF THE STATEMENT (For example, if it says page 1 of 4, provide ALL 4 pages even if it is blank)
  2. The statements MUST include the available balance in the account as of the current date.
  3. This includes statements for accounts such as Cash App, Chime, Paypal, etc.
  4. IMPORTANT: If an account was closed within 12 months prior to filing bankruptcy, you will need to provide the last statement for each account.
6.Copies of Whole Life Insurance policy/policies in your name.

  1. Please provide a statement showing cash surrender value.
7.Most recent statement for any IRA, 401K, Stocks, Bonds, College funds, or medical savings plan.

  1. This includes statements for Robinhood, Dogecoin, Cryptocurrency Accounts
8.Copy of Award Letter for any monthly Pension or Social Security payments you (or your non-filing spouse) receive.
9.Copy of Award Letter or monthly account information for Unemployment Benefits you (or your non-filing spouse) receive.
10.Vehicle registrations for each vehicle, motorcycles, boats, trailer, mobile homes, jet skis, etc.

  1. If the vehicle is paid off, copy of title is ALSO required
  2. IMPORTANT: Even if the vehicle is in your name AND someone else’s name, we must have this information
11.Statement or printout showing payoff amount on any and all vehicles.
12.Mileage on any and all vehicle as of the date of petition signing appointment
13.Proof of insurance of all vehicles listed in your name.
14.SIX (6) MONTHS of Paystubs for ALL employers, including non-filing spouse.

  1. If self-employed, provide a Profit and Loss statement for each individual month for the last six (6) months. (Gross Income – Business Expenses = Net Income)
  2. If you are employed by Uber, Doordash, Lyft, etc. you need to obtain your income information from this company or provide a Profit and Loss Statement
15.Complete attached Monthly Income Budget List* (MUST include non-filing spouse’s expenses).

  1. Review your last few months of bank statements to figure expenses. Do YOUR BEST.
16.Last THREE (3) YEARS of Federal Tax Returns OR Tax Transcripts from the IRS

  1. If you do have your tax returns and you have to order your tax transcripts, make sure you order them at least 2 weeks prior to your petition signing appointment. ONLY ORDER YOUR TRANSCRIPTS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE YOUR TAX RETURNS


17.Any and all paperwork regarding any ongoing lawsuits and collection letters.
18.Any pending claims related to: insurance settlement, personal injury lawsuit, etc.
19.Marital settlement agreements / divorce judgments ordered in the last three (3) years.
20.If you are required to pay child support, please provide who you pay child support to (individual’s name and/or agency’ name) and address of individual receiving child support.
21.Copy of declaration page of homeowner’s insurance policy for any real estate owned OR a copy of your renter’s policy.
22.If you are surrendering a house, you will need a copy of your most recent homeowner’s association statement/information.
23.Complete the attached Household Inventory List


  • If you are not prepared with all the documents required on the checklist stated above, you will be charged a fee of $175.00. We will not file your case until this fee is paid. It is ABSOLUTELY VITAL that you are prepared for your petition signing appointment in order to avoid additional fees.
  • Our No Call/ No Show fee is $175.00. This fee must be paid prior to filing your bankruptcy. If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment is subject to reschedule. If you need to reschedule your appointment, you must contact our office at least 72 business hours prior to the appointment to avoid the $175.00 fee.
  • The Firm has a policy of only allowing 1 (one) cancellation of your petition signing appointment, if necessary. Your file will be closed upon cancellation of a second bankruptcy petition filing appointment. Please treat this day like a court date. You have to show up and be prepared.

If you have any questions related to this checklist, please email your Attorney Walter Benenati at