The Chapter 7 filing creates an automatic stay which prevents any efforts to collect your debt outside of bankruptcy. This includes discovery requests and the Fact Information Sheet provided you with the Judgment.
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Filing bankruptcy triggers the Automatic Stay which will stop the lawsuit and all collection activity. You do not need to fill out the Form 1.977 which is a form to help the Plaintiff collect your assets to pay the debt.
Final Judgments are routinely recorded in the Public Records and will act as a lien on real property. If you own a home which you plan to keep, you need to make sure your bankruptcy attorney files a Motion to Avoid the Judicial Lien in the bankruptcy case.
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I agree that the filing of the bankruptcy would eliminate the requirement to fill out the fact information sheet. Upon your bankruptcy discharge being entered, you would no longer be personally liable for the underlying debt of the judgment. However, if you own any real property, the judgment could act as a lien against your property and that would survive the bankruptcy unless you take the additional step to file a motion to avoid the lien through the bankruptcy.
NO. You have to file a special motion that will get the final judgment declared null and void. This is just one reason why you need an experienced bankruptcy attorney.
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