The last step that you’re required to go through before you get a discharge in Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, is appearing for a personal financial management or pre-discharge debtor education course. The aim of this course is to impart money management lessons and make you wise with your money after bankruptcy.
Unfortunately, . Read on this article to know more about how the debtor education course impacts your bankruptcy discharge.
The goal of the pre-discharge debtor education course in bankruptcy is to and would never seek the bankruptcy relief in future.
In the debtor education course, you’ll come to learn about:
With a few exceptions, all Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy filers must undergo the debt education course in order to get the most needed discharge. Usually, you must complete the debtor education course unless:
You must Trustee or the Bankruptcy Administrator if you reside in North Carolina or Alabama. Here, you can find a list of the approved pre-discharge debtor education providers in your area.
When do you need to complete the debtor education course?
, you need to take the debtor education course and after the first scheduled date of the 341 hearing or the meeting of creditors.
However, , you must or file a motion to request a hardship discharge. (Know more about hardship discharge and alternatives to Chapter 13 payment plan)
If you don’t take the mandatory debtor education course within the specified deadlines,. Later, you would again have to file a motion, pay required fees, and request the court to reopen your case.
The cost of the debtor education will . However, as per the new credit counseling and debtor education rules published by the Executive Office for United States Trustees (EOUST), a $50 or less is a reasonable fee. If a debtor education provider wants to charge more, it has to take approval from the EOUST.
However, if your household income is below 150% of the state determined poverty line, the law presumes that you can get a waiver of the debtor education course fee. However, your education provider can still charge you if it beats the presumption.
Once you complete the course, you would need to file a form named Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Postpetition Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management (Official Form 23) with the court. In most cases, you would also need to attach the course completion certificate with Form 23.
You can download the form from the website of the United States Courts. All you need to know about a debtor education course in bankruptcy.