What happens when you file for bankruptcy?

The first thing that happens is that an “automatic stay” goes into effect which prevents most collection attempts from continuing - this includes foreclosures, garnishments, lawsuits, and repossessions. Your creditors will be notified of the bankruptcy as well. The next thing that happens is that you will have to attend a “meeting of creditors.” What happens after that depends on what kind of bankruptcy is filed. In Chapter 7, you will typically receive a discharge about 60 days after your meeting of creditors unless someone objects to you receiving a discharge. In Chapter 13, you will have to get your payment proposal confirmed (accepted) and complete your payments to the trustee before you receive a discharge.