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Filing bankruptcy means that you shouldn't have to deal with creditors or debt collectors for a while.

Written by Attorney Jonathan Petts.  
Updated September 4, 2020

Filing bankruptcy means that you shouldn't have to deal with creditors or debt collectors for a while.

With a few exceptions (ie. - criminal cases, some child support actions, and certain eviction cases), debt collectors are not allowed to contact you or attempt to collect on your debts once you file for bankruptcy. This is because of the "automatic stay" that the court puts in place as soon as you file. Creditors may petition the judge to let them collect before the case is concluded, but unless a judge grants their requests, most attempts to collect after you have filed are illegal. 

If a creditor or debt collector who does not qualify for one of the exemptions above contacts you:

  1. Tell them about your bankruptcy and politely ask them not to contact you again. They may ask you to provide proof of filing -- you can do so by sending any such proof that you have.

  2. If the creditor continues to contact you, tell the bankruptcy court.

  3. If the creditor still continues to contact you, file a lawsuit.

Written By:

Attorney Jonathan Petts


Jonathan Petts has over 10 years of experience in bankruptcy and is co-founder and Board Chair of Upsolve. Attorney Petts has an LLM in Bankruptcy from St. John's University, clerked for two federal bankruptcy judges, and worked at two top New York City law firms specializing in... read more about Attorney Jonathan Petts

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