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A bankruptcy petition is a set of forms (also known as schedules) on which a debtor filing for bankruptcy discloses detailed financial information to the bankruptcy court. These forms will require you to list all of your assets (real property and personal property), your monthly income and expenses, and the debts you want to eliminate or discharge in bankruptcy. Your bankruptcy case begins when you file the bankruptcy petition with the clerk of the bankruptcy court.

In Texas, as in all states, a bankruptcy petition is the formal document filed by an individual or business entity to initiate bankruptcy proceedings. The petition includes various forms, often referred to as schedules, which require comprehensive disclosure of the debtor's financial situation. This includes listing all assets, both real and personal property, monthly income and expenses, and all debts that the debtor seeks to have discharged. The filing of the bankruptcy petition marks the official start of the bankruptcy case and is submitted to the clerk of the bankruptcy court. Federal law, specifically the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, governs the process of bankruptcy, but Texas law can influence certain aspects of the proceedings, such as exemptions that protect certain assets from being used to pay creditors. It's important for debtors in Texas to understand both federal bankruptcy law and how Texas state law may affect their bankruptcy case.

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