District of Columbia Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy laws and resources vary from state to state. The following page provides information and resource links for the District of Columbia.



If you are not looking for bankruptcy information regarding the District of Columbia, please see the links to the left to find information for your state.



D.C. Bankruptcy Courts - Location and Contact Information

Following is the address and telephone number for the District of Columbia bankruptcy court:

333 Constitution Avenue
N.W. Room 4400
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 565-2500

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District of Columbia Bankruptcy Laws and Exemptions

District of Columbia Exemptions

The U.S. Bankruptcy Code allows individual debtors to exempt certain property from creditor claims based on exemptions under either federal law or state law. Exemptions vary from state to state. Some states have adopted their own set of bankruptcy exemptions that are used in place of the federal exemptions. However, other states give debtors an option to choose between either state or federal exemptions.

District of Columbia bankruptcy law allows residents to use either the federal set of exemptions or exemptions under local law.

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Click here to research exemptions available under Title 15 of the District of Columbia Code.

Contact a District of Columbia bankruptcy lawyer for more information regarding D.C. bankruptcy exemptions.

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District of Columbia Means Test

The new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005 also require that debtors pass a means test before filing a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. There are two ways to pass the means test:

1. the debtor's annual income (calculated using the average gross income for the six month period prior to filing) must be below the state median. Census Bureau statistics for state median income by family size can be found here (for cases filed between April 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013).

2. If income exceeds the median income, individuals may still file Chapter 7 bankruptcy based on results of Form 22A: Chapter 7 Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means-Test Calculation. .

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D.C. Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Agencies

Pursuant to the new bankruptcy laws enacted in 2005, individuals who file personal bankruptcy (with limited exceptions) in District of Columbia must:

1. take a credit counseling course from an approved District of Columbia credit counseling provider within six months before filing bankruptcy; and

2. complete a debtor education course from an approved District of Columbia debtor education agency prior to receiving a bankruptcy discharge.

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District of Columbia Personal Bankruptcy Attorneys

To find District of Columbia bankruptcy lawyers in your area, you may want to contact the District of Columbia Bar Association:

The District of Columbia Bar
1250 H Street NW, Sixth Floor
Washington DC 20005-5937
(202) 737-4700

Based on income, free bankruptcy advice and representation may also be obtained from the following organizations: See the Law Help/DC's website for a list of organizations that provide legal services to low income clients in the District of Columbia.

If you are concerned about the representation provided to you by a District of Columbia bankruptcy attorney, contact:

Office of Bar Counsel
Board on Professional Responsibility
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
409 E Street NW
Building B, 2nd Floor, Room 228
Washington, DC 20001

For more information about filing an attorney complaint, visit the section of the District of Columbia Bar Association's website that explains the complaint process.

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Resources for District of Columbia Bankruptcy Laws

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia - administrative and procedural information for District of Columbia bankruptcy filings

Office of the U.S. Trustee for Region 4 - oversees the administration of District of Columbia personal bankruptcy cases and case trustees

District of Columbia Bar Association - information about the District of Columbia bar, membership, ethics, continuing legal education, and resources for the public.

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