What law and rules apply to a bankruptcy?

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What law and rules apply to a bankruptcy?

Bankruptcy cases are governed by Title 11 of the United States Code, by the Bankruptcy Rules, and by local rules promulgated by the court where your petition is filed. Cornell University maintains a current copy of the United States Code at http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/. The bankruptcy court web sites generally have links to the Bankruptcy Rules and to the relevant local rules. Clerks in the bankruptcy courts will not give debtors, or even attorneys for debtors, legal advice, and that includes advice about which rules apply to a given case. Since the Bankruptcy Code and Bankruptcy Rules are very technical, and since the case load in the Bankruptcy Courts makes judges very unforgiving of mistakes or missed deadlines, it’s generally necessary to seek advice from experienced bankruptcy attorneys.

(Reviewed 11.14.08)

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