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What to Bring to Your Initial Consultation

The more information we have about your finances the better we will be able to advise you. Below is a list of items that we recommend we bring with you.

  • A few of your most recent paystubs.
  • If you receive unemployment compensation, then a statement showing your weekly benefits.
  • If you receive social security, then we need to know your monthly benefit.
  • A copy of your most recent tax return. (Ideally we would prefer you bring your two most recent).
  • Any other type of income you receive from any other sources.
  • A list or your monthly expenses for the following items:
    • Mortgage/Rent
    • Property Taxes & Homeowner’s insurance (If not included in your mortgage payment)
    • Gas & Electric
    • Water/Sewer/Garbage
    • Cable & Internet
    • Home phone
    • Cell phone
    • Auto insurance
    • Renter’s insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Car payments
    • Medical Expenses
    • Food, clothing, and other household items
    • Secured Debt (boat, camper, furniture, appliances).
  • A list of your total outstanding debt for the following items:
    • Mortgages
    • Vehicles
    • Furniture, Appliances, Electronics
    • Unsecured Debt (Credit cards, medical bills, personal loans, student loans, etc.).
  • A list of your property and its value for the following items:
    • Mortgage (usually can be found on your property tax statement).
    • Household goods: furniture, appliances, electronics, silverware, dishes, etc. (Items do not need to be listed individually).
    • Vehicles you own free and clear (including but not limited to: cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATV’s, camper.).
    • Jewelry (Wedding rings, engagement ring, necklaces, watches, rings, bracelets, etc.)
    • Antiques & collectible items
    • Designer clothing, purses, handbags, etc.
    • Bank Accounts (Indicate whether checking or savings & average balance)
    • The provider and cash value of any whole life insurance policies.
    • The cash value of any retirement accounts (401(k), IRA, 457, 403(b)), etc.
    • Any other property of significant value not already listed.

At Buckrop & VanDeVelde our attorneys have over 40 years of experience! Our office is located in The Law Centre in downtown Rock Island, Illinois, just a short distance from both Iowa and Illinois federal courthouses. Our lawyers and professional staff proudly serve most clients throughout Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. Contact us to arrange a free consultation with an experienced Rock Island bankruptcy attorney today.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.