Tips for Your Court Hearing
Arrive Early – You will be required to pass through security upon entering the courthouse. This involves showing ID, emptying metal objects from your pockets, and having your photograph taken for a temporary ID. If you are unfamiliar with the courthouse, you may also need extra time to find the room where the hearing will be held. If you need assistance, Contact Us.
What to Bring– Be sure to bring a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license to the courthouse. You will need your photo ID to both pass through security and to testify at your hearing. If you fail to bring a photo ID, you will most likely be denied entry into the courthouse. Chapter 7 debtors should bring a completed Financial Management Certificate. Chapter 13 debtors should bring as many of the following items as are applicable: a receipt from the first Chapter 13 payment, proof that the debtor is making timely payments according to the plan, a copy of the declarations page from the debtor’s car insurance and a Financial Management Certificate.
If a couple is filing jointly, both spouses must be present.
What not to Bring – Of course, do NOT bring anything that could be construed as a weapon into the courthouse. Also, do not bring a cellular phone into the courthouse because security will confiscate any mobile phone with a built-in camera or photographing capabilities.
The questions to be asked will mirror the questions from the bankruptcy petition. Prior to any hearings or court appearances, our attorney(s) will meet with the client(s) to go over what to expect after arriving at the courthouse. Pay attention to the questions that are being asked of other debtors during the court hearing to help form an idea of what to expect.
Speak Clearly – Make sure that all parties involved can clearly understand your answers to questions to avoid confusion.
It is important that you attend your hearing, but please Contact Us as quickly as practicable if you are unable to make the scheduled hearing.
Answer questions honestly. Testifying in court will not be difficult and will go smoothly as long as the client is honest. Our attorneys will advise the client prior to any hearings if any information is privileged, but do not try to deceive the court or the trustee.
For more information or questions, please Contact Us.