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~ Be sure to have less than $400 in ALL bank accounts (individual filers) and $800 (joint filers), including cash on hand

~ Provide your most recent paystubs to the paralegal


~ Review the final draft of your petition and schedules; this is the final time to make changes

~ If changes are required after the case is filed, you will be charged additional fees and possible costs

~ You will receive your case number and date of your 341 Meeting during the appointment (if a Chapter 7) 

~ You will receive a complete copy of the signed petition and schedules, together with a copy of the court docket and Notice of Bankruptcy filing


~ You will receive a letter from our office with important instructions regarding your 341 Meeting.  The letter will outline the date and time of your 341 Meeting, together with the requirement to bring your social security card and current photo ID with you.

~ You will receive a notice from the US Bankruptcy Court specifying the date of your 341 Meeting, together with a notation regarding the requirement to bring your social security card and current photo ID.

~ You may receive a letter from your Trustee requesting various documents in addition to the documents we have in our file

~ Within forty-five (45) days of filing your case, you must complete the Debtor Education portion of the required credit counseling. 

~ Ten (10) days PRIOR to your 341 Meeting, call our office to schedule a phone appointment with the attorney to prepare for the 341 Meeting 

~ The 341 Meeting takes place in downtown Cleveland;  if you need directions, please call our office at least one (1) business day PRIOR to your 341 Meeting

~ The 341 Meeting is conducted in a conference room type setting with other Debtors – you will not appear in a courtroom

~ You will receive an official Order of Discharge three (3) to four (4) months after your case has been filed

Our lobby hours are 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. 

Office hours by appointment

*Our office closes for lunch between 12:00PM and 1:00PM.

Saturday and evening appointments are available by special request.

We are conveniently located in downtown Painesville, Ohio, about 30 miles east of Cleveland 

and 30 miles west of Ashtabula County.  

Main Street Law Building
166 Main Street
Painesville, OH 44077
(440) 357-6211

The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice     

You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. 


Call and make your appointment for a FREE 30 minute phone consultation 440-357-6211

*The law requires that we tell you that we are a debt relief agency. 
We help people file for Bankruptcy Relief under the Bankruptcy Code."

What you should bring when you come to see us 

The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 2005 has suggested that bankruptcy practioners provide reasonable back up or proof of a Debtor's financial situation.  Therefore, as part of our due diligence, each Debtor is required to provide the following information to our office so that we can verify your assets and liabilities prior to filing your case with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court:

~ Legible copies of paystubs that you have received for the six (6) months prior to filing your case.  Additional paystubs may be required if delays occur in the preparation of your case.  

~ Legible copies of ALL bank statements for the six (6) months prior to filing your case for each account that a Debtor maintains.

~ Legible copies of ALL retirement, 401k, pension, annuity, or other financial statements for the last six (6) monthsprior to filing your case for each account that the Debtor maintains.

~ Legible copies of ALL life insurance policies owned by the Debtor showing whether the policy is term or whole life, the name of the beneficiary and the cash value of each policy.

~ Legible copies of ALL deeds, mortgages, leases or other documents showing ownership or leasing of any real property occupied or owned by Debtor.

~ Legible copies of ALL titles, memorandum of titles and proof of insurance for each vehicle that a Debtor owns or leases.

~ Legible copies of the most recent tax return filed, in addition to the prior two (2) years of tax returns that a Debtor has filed.

GET started on the road to financial relief today!!                                                        to see if you qualify for a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 


Retain FORBES LAW LLC so that we may begin working on your case.  Once you pay your retainer fee, you can refer creditor calls to our office.  We will also be in a position to start analyzing your financial situation and begin the initial drafting of your petition and schedules.  

READ your Fee Agreement and ALL correspondence you receive from our office.  Be familiar with the terms of our contract, document requirements and payment arrangements. 

Provide and update ALL requested documentation in a timely manner.  The speed and efficiency of your bankruptcy filing depends on you.

Make timely payments towards the balance of fees and costs as indicated in your Fee Agreement so that we can timely file your case with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Complete the first session of credit counseling upon instruction from the paralegal

Upon receipt, review the initial draft of your petition and schedules completely, and provide any changes or corrections to the paralegal PRIOR to your signing appointment

*your case will not be scheduled for filing until all of these requirements have been met.

If you have questions about our Fee Agreement or procedure, please contact Cecily A. Renzi, Paralegal at 440-357-6211, extension 130 or


Please view our video for information regarding exemptions...

At FORBES LAW LLC, we will help relieve your financial stress.

Watch our video for more discussion of 

the types of bankruptcies...


At FORBES LAW LLC, we strive to provide timely service to all of our clients.  Generally, if you provide us with all of the required information, payment of fees and costs and complete the first session of required credit counseling, we will have your case prepared to file in as little as a day or two.  The timing is up to you.  

It is important, however, that you do not wait until the last minute to contact us, as sufficient time is needed to accurately analyze and prepare your case.  For example, if you are facing a foreclosure suit and a sheriff's sale is scheduled for Monday, be reminded that you have had at the very least, nine (9) months notice that this was coming, and depending upon our schedule, we may not have adequate time to analyze and prepare your case in time to stop the sale, should you contact us the Friday before.

A voluntary bankruptcy is commenced when you file a petition with the Bankruptcy Court requesting protection from your creditors under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13.  A husband and wife may file one petition together and commence a joint case. 

Mr. Forbes explains the general timeline involved in receiving a discharge in his video below:

If you are contemplating filing Bankruptcy, there are several things that you should avoid doing:

~ use any of your credit cards, obtain cash advances, use convenience checks, or do balance transfers on your credit cards after you have begun to consider bankruptcy.
~ pay loans to family or friends. 
~ leave assets off your Bankruptcy Petition. 
~ fail to let your attorney know if you are getting a substantial tax refund.
~ fail to let your attorney know if you are about to receive an inheritance or large insurance settlement.
~ try to hide income from your small business. 
~ sell, transfer or give property to anyone without talking to your Bankruptcy Attorney.
~ cash out retirement plans or 401k’s.
~ take out a second mortgage. 
~ hide assets or debts.
~ take out "payday loans." 
~ fail to list debt to family or other "insiders."
~ write bad checks. 
~ forget to tell your Bankruptcy Attorney about liens you may have on your home so they can be avoided.
~ make major financial decisions without consulting a Bankruptcy Attorney.
~ misrepresent any facts to your Bankruptcy Attorney or the Bankruptcy Court.
~ incur more debt once you have considered bankruptcy as an option.

Chapter 11? 

     It’s much like a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, except for business entities like LLC’s or corporations.
     Usually, Chapter 11 cases do not involve a trustee, and the debtor acts as the trustee for the business.
     Businesses acting as trustees are considered “debtors in possession.”
     Appointment of a trustee requires some wrongdoing or gross mismanagement on the part of existing management and is relatively rare.

The Goal is to Restructure:

     Chapter 11 cases restructure businesses with the aim in mind of making the business viable again.
     Often, this means refinancing some debts and avoiding others.
     As with other cases, the “automatic stay” protects the business from its creditors.
     Litigation against the debtor is stopped and settled by the Bankruptcy Court, or allowed to resume in adversary proceedings.

     At FORBES LAW LLC, we pride ourselves in the fact that, due to our extensive experience in the bankruptcy field, we are willing and able to undergo even the most complex bankruptcy case, including Chapter 11.  

     If you are in need of a business restructure, or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If we are filing a bankruptcy case on your behalf, the only methods of payment we are permitted to use are debit cards, cash, checks or money orders.

The procedure in any bankruptcy case is somewhat similar. The first "piece of the puzzle" is information gathering. At FORBES LAW LLC, we pride ourselves in obtaining the documentation and verification that will eventually be requested by the Trustee.  If complete information is not provided by the Debtor, the case cannot proceed.





Things not adding up?  
Contact us today and get the individualized help you deserve.

Glenn E. Forbes, Esq., has nearly forty (40) years of legal experience including substantial experience in the Bankruptcy law area.  We do not make our living by mass-producing Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings.  We don't strive to file thousands of cases like other firms in the industry do.  We provide individualized services to each client, and we are more than qualified to handle the more complex Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases that other firms and attorneys simply won't touch.

The first thing someone in your shoes you must realize is that you are not alone.  No one wants to grow up to be a bankruptcy debtor.  Things happen.  The recent downturns in the economy are a critical part of the recent bankruptcy filings across the United States.  Thousands of people have lost their jobs.  Thousands of businesses have closed.  This causes a 'trickle-effect.'  Thousands of people have experienced medical issues that prevent them from working.  In many of these instances, bankruptcy is the only way to stay afloat, and the option of bankruptcy is provided for that reason.

The most important piece of information that Debtors must realize is that they should only follow the advice of a licensed attorney.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, or liquidation, permits you to eliminate as much debt as possible while retaining exempt assets.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy allows for business reorganization, permitting the business to settle its outstanding obligations over time and in accord with its cash flow, while the business continues to operate.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy permits you to set up long term repayment plans with creditors and avoid, in many cases, burdensome interest charges.