Bankruptcy isn’t a pleasant experience; and neither is going through the motions to close a bankruptcy case. If you’ve seen the set of required bankruptcy forms, you’ve probably noticed how thick a pile it is. While you’re in such an agitated state of mind from this situation, you could make mistakes in filling out those forms. Though you can’t relive the past to prevent the events that led to your bankruptcy, you can correct errors on Utah bankruptcy forms with the help of attorneys from firms like Lewis Adams and Associates even after you’ve filed them.
Reasons for Amendment
You’ve probably made mistakes with the forms you originally filed in court. Perhaps you accidentally wrote that you had $90,000 worth of assets instead of $60,000. Or perhaps you miscalculated your monthly income, so you may or may not be qualified to file a certain type of bankruptcy. In any case, inform your lawyer as soon as you’ve discovered your mistake. Omitted information can be as bad as, if not worse than erroneous information. For example, if you’ve forgotten to list an important creditor in those forms, or if you’ve lost your job within months of the bankruptcy case, then you need to ensure that the bankruptcy forms reflect these changes as well.
Process for Amendment
With the help of your Utah bankruptcy attorney, fill out the amendment forms provided by your local court. You may be given a blank version of the form you wish to amend, attached to an amendment cover sheet. Ask your attorney whether you only need to amend the part where you’ve made the mistake, or if you need to file a new set of forms altogether. This varies depending on the type of mistake you’ve made.
You may be asked to specify whether you’re adding, deleting, or changing information. It’s highly likely that the Utah courts will ask you to indicate “Amended” on the new forms. Once you’ve completed all the forms, file them with Utah’s court with the help of your attorney and the court filing clerk.
The court filing clerk will inform you if you’ve missed anything. You may need to pay for certain amendments, such as the addition of creditors. If you’re filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, where you need a trustee, inform the trustee of the amendments you’ve made.
Once you’re done with all the modifications, you can proceed with the bankruptcy case as needed. Should any more problems arise, discuss them with your Salt Lake City bankruptcy attorney. If you think amending bankruptcy forms is stressful, put it in perspective. Mistakes that mistakes aren’t amended could adversely change the outcome of your bankruptcy case.