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Bankruptcy Basics (guide) is designed to provide basic information to debtors, creditors, the media, and the general public on different aspects of the federal bankruptcy laws. It also provides individuals who maybe considering bankruptcy with a basic explanation of the different chapters under which a bankruptcy case may be filed and to answer some common questions about the bankruptcy process.

Bankruptcy Basics video includes the following information: What is bankruptcy, Alternatives to bankruptcy, Types of bankruptcy, What Bankruptcy does NOT wipe out, Examples of property you may exempt, How do I file a bankruptcy case, Meeting of creditors, Bankruptcy crimes, Court hearings, Discharge, Do I need a lawyer, How do I find a lawyer and Online resources for consumer debtors.

A DVD copy of the video may be viewed, without charge, at all of the federal courthouses in the Middle District of Florida.

There are currently three versions of the Bankruptcy Basics video - English, Spanish, and Creole. To play a video, click the on the appropriate link. Due to the length and quality of the video, a high-speed Internet connection is necessary.

Videos require Windows Media Player to view. Apple users need Windows Media Components for QuickTime (click here to download).

View Bankruptcy Basics video (English version)

Ver vídeo Basico del la Bancarrota (Spanish version)

Gade Fayit Prensip Fondamantal nan videyo (Creole version)

The U.S. Courts website also offers the Bankruptcy Basics video in nine sections streaming online.

Part 1: Introduction (2:50)

Part 2: Types of Bankruptcy (4:06)

Part 3: Limits of Bankruptcy (4:44)

Part 4: Filing for Bankruptcy (3:08)

Part 5: Creditors' Meeting (1:39)

Part 6: Bankruptcy Crime (3:36)

Part 7: Court Hearings (3:52)

Part 8: The Discharge (1:39)

Part 9: Legal Assistance (5:10)