Bankruptcy Schedules: Schedule H

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Gregory W. Mitchell

Gregory W. Mitchell



Gregory Mitchell joins Freeman Law to lead its bankruptcy practice. Mr. Mitchell is a native of the Dallas area, graduating from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in 1991 and with his J.D. in 1994. In 1995, he obtained an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. Mr. Mitchell currently directs the SMU Dedman School of Law’s federal taxpayer clinic. Mr. Mitchell’s background in tax makes him a natural fit for Freeman Law.

Prior to joining Freeman Law, Mr. Mitchell was the managing partner of The Mitchell Law Firm, L.P., a small firm he started in 2004, where he ran a diverse practice primarily focused on bankruptcy, tax and related litigation matters.

Prior to starting his own firm, Mr. Mitchell served as a Partner and General Counsel with Tax Automation, L.P., a national tax consulting firm. Mr. Mitchell was previously the National Director of Tax Technology at Ryan & Company, a national tax consulting practice, as well as a Senior Manager with KPMG, a “Big Four” accounting firm.

Continuing our look at Bankruptcy Schedules, today we turn to Schedule H, which is used to list all of your co-debtors.  A co-debtor is someone who is jointly liable with you on a debt.  For example, if you and your spouse have a joint credit card, your spouse would be considered a co-debtor.  Similarly, if you are a guarantor on a debt of your business, then if you are filing personal bankruptcy, you would need to list your business as a co-debtor.  Alternatively, if you are filing bankruptcy on behalf of your business, then you would need to be listed individually as a co-debtor in your business’s bankruptcy filing.

Keep in mind that your spouse is not automatically a co-debtor simply because you’re married or simply because you live in a community property state.  Generally, a spouse would have to have personally signed on a loan document to be jointly liable.  If you’re not sure, then you should check your loan documents.

Step 1: Gather Information About Your Co-Debtors

Before you can start filling out Schedule H, you’ll need to gather information about all of your co-debtors.  This may include your spouse, family members, business partners, or anyone else who is jointly liable for a debt with you. Make sure to gather all relevant documentation, including billing statements and any other documents related to your co-debtors.

Step 2: List Your Co-Debtors

Once you have all of the necessary information, you or your attorney can start listing your co-debtors on Schedule H.  For each co-debtor, you’ll need to provide the following information:

Be sure to list each co-debtor separately, even if you have multiple debts or obligations with the same co-debtor, and even if you have multiple co-debtors with respect to the same debt.

Step 3: Complete the Form

Once you’ve listed all of your co-debtors on Schedule H, you or your attorney should complete the rest of the form. This includes providing your name, case number, and other basic information, as well as signing the form to certify that the information you’ve provided is true and accurate.

Step 4: Review and File

After you’ve completed Schedule H, review it carefully to make sure everything is accurate and complete. Once you’re satisfied with the form, you’ll need to file it with the bankruptcy court, along with the rest of your bankruptcy paperwork.

Completing Schedule H thoroughly and accurately is an important part of the bankruptcy process.  By following these steps and seeking the guidance of a bankruptcy attorney if needed, you can ensure that your co-debtors are accurately listed, and that your bankruptcy case proceeds smoothly.




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