Flexible Meeting and Filing Options For Your Comfort and Convenience
Many individuals, families and business owners prefer to conduct their business and financial affairs, as much as possible, online. Others, concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, prefer to keep in-person contacts to a minimum at this time. The good news is that, with a few basic tools, our bankruptcy and debt relief services are available (or can be made available) from the comfort and convenience of your own home.
The Law Office of Evans & Evans, P.C. has convenient offices directly behind the North Shore Mall in Peabody (serving all of Essex County) and in Middlesex County, and offers in-person free consultations and bankruptcy case preparation at those physical locations (though in-person office visits are suspended through at least May 4, 2020 or until further notice). For those preferring to avoid a visit to an attorney’s office, consultations and client meetings can be conducted by phone or video conference, and documents and information can be confidentially provided directly to your attorney through our secure online portal.
Filing bankruptcy remotely requires some basic computer skills and equipment, and access to the Internet. With the assistance of technology and secure communication, a thorough, complete and accurate bankruptcy filing can be prepared to enable your case to proceed smoothly through the Bankruptcy Court. For those who do not have the ability to send documents electronically, documents can be sent by mail but we still request that you be available to speak by video through a smart phone, tablet or computer.
Remote Bankruptcy Filing Process And Legal Requirements
To file bankruptcy remotely, it is best if you have a computer and access to the Internet, email capabilities, a printer/scanner, the ability to view documents in Adobe PDF format, and the ability to communicate by video on a smart phone, computer or tablet. Because original (or so-called “wet ink”) signatures are required to authorize filings with the Bankruptcy Court, some items will need to be mailed to your attorney. Attorneys are required to maintain possession of certain documents with original signatures during and after your bankruptcy case.
Your attorney will gather all the necessary financial information and documents from you through a secure and confidential attorney portal (accessible to clients through our website) and by phone and/or video conference. We will review your bankruptcy documents with you by phone or video conference and the required documents will be provided to you electronically or by U.S. Mail for your signature. Signed forms are returned to your attorney by mail or via UPS or FEDEX.
Clients in Bankruptcy Case are normally required to attend a Section 341 “meeting of creditors” approximately 30-45 days after their case is filed. The Massachusetts Bankruptcy Court has relaxed the requirement of physical presence at these meetings during the Coronavirus pandemic and is temporarily permitting attendance by telephone for 341 meetings in order to reduce the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus.
Contact our office today to learn more about our remote bankruptcy filing options.