Bankruptcy Resources

The Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson would like to offer the following links as a courtesy to Ventura County and Los Angeles consumers who are in search of information regarding bankruptcy, debt and other credit issues. Our hope is that you find this information to be helpful.

Bankruptcy Law

If you are interested in the rules of bankruptcy cases, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure can inform you about the entire proceeding starting with the filing of a petition. The language of these rules is very dense and full of legalese, however.

For more information about the role of the trustee in the bankruptcy proceeding, visit these links for the U.S Trustee Program and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Title 11 of the United States Code contains the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and you can download it in its entirety at this link. Individual chapters such as Chapter 13 wage earners plans or Chapter 7 liquidation at this link to U.S. House of Representatives are also available.

Basic information regarding bankruptcy can be found at the website for the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts, which also provides individual pages for Chapter 7, Chapter 13 and Bankruptcy Basics.

The State Bar of California provides a consumer information pamphlet titled “What Can I Do If I Can't Pay My Debts,” and the link for it can be found here.

The American Bar Association provides a Q&A section regarding Chapter 7 “straight bankruptcy” at its Division for Public Education.

The main office for Ventura County and other Southern California counties is the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California.

Resources for Credit and Debt Information

In 2009, the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD) resulted in major changes in the ways credit card companies disclose information about interest rates and other terms on your bill. A summary of those requirements is provided by the Federal Reserve here.

Creditor harassment and the behavior of bill collectors are governed by the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces the FCDPA and you can find more information on debt collection here.

You are legally entitled to a one free copy of your credit report from the three major consumer credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) each year. A good strategy to keep your credit report accurate is to request a report from a different agency every four months. This allows you to monitor your credit report regularly for inaccuracies and old information. The official site for obtaining free credit reports is

Contact an Experienced Bankruptcy Attorney for Further Information

If you need further advice regarding your current financial situation or assistance with bankruptcy, debt settlement or related issues, please contact The Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson at [ln::phone] for a free initial consultation.


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