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Personal Injury and Bankruptcy

Client walks into our office seeking representation for a car accident that they recently had where the other driver was found at fault. After the client signed all the documents, they asked the following question: “will my personal injury case affect my pending bankruptcy case and do I have to disclose it?”

The short answer is YES. A personal injury case must be disclosed in the Bankruptcy Petition if it exists when bankruptcy is filed.

The longer explanation depends if you filed a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy because each has different set of requirements.

It is important that you ask all your legal questions if you find yourself in a similar situation.

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