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This research guide serves as a starting point for researching U.S. bankruptcy.
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Bankruptcy is "[a] statutory procedure by which a (usu. insolvent) debtor obtains financial relief and undergoes a judicially supervised reorganization or liquidation of the debtor's assets for the benefit of creditors[.]"  Black's Law Dictionary 166 (Deluxe 9th ed. 2009).  


This research guide covers the following materials and resources.

  • Bankruptcy Basics, including links to videos, overviews, and other general resources.
  • Secondary Sources, including lists of deskbooks, practice guides, study guides, and bankruptcy periodicals.
  • Primary Sources, including locations of and links to the Bankruptcy Code, procedural rules, official forms, and case law.
  • Forms & Letters, including lists of forms and letters, books, and databases.
  • North Carolina Specific materials, including links to North Carolina bankruptcy courts websites and local rules, a North Carolina practice manual, and North Carolina bankruptcy CLEs.
  • Current Awareness, including links to bankruptcy news websites, blogs, RSS feeds, and more.

Along the side of each page you will also find links to a bankruptcy dictionary, commercial databases with extensive bankruptcy coverage, and access instructions for CSL's electronic resources.


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