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AACPLL FAQs > Bankruptcy


The following is a list of resources available in the Law Library. It is not exhaustive and is intended only to provide background information for library patrons. It should not be regarded as legal advice.



Bankruptcy law is federal law. Bankruptcy falls under Title 11 of the United States Code. Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 apply to most individuals. The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (“Bankruptcy Rules”) is another source of federal bankruptcy law. There are some relevant Maryland laws regarding exemptions.


(The following Maryland laws are also available in the library in section 3B)



 Exemptions are specific laws that allow you to protect certain property from your creditors, such as your car or home. For instance, when filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may be able to keep items listed as protected by Maryland's bankruptcy exemptions. If filing under Chapter 13, bankruptcy exemptions play a role in how much you repay your creditors through your Chapter 13 plan. 


Md. Code, Commercial Law §15-101. 


  • COMAR / Code of Maryland Regulations type "bankruptcy" in the search box. Certain provisions apply to the liabilities of business owners, employers, insurers, landowners, and utility providers who have a change in financial status due bankruptcy. 

















  • How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy / Stephen Elias (NOLO, 2009) (SELF HELP KF1524.85.E4 2009a).


  • The New Bankruptcy: Will it Work for You? / Stephen Elias & Leon Bayer (NOLO, 2015). (KF1524.85.E43 2015).


  • Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time/ Stephan Elias and Kathleen Michon (NOLO, 2009). (SELF HELP KF1524.85 L46 2014).


  • Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice / Henry J. Sommer (National Consumer Law Center, 2020) (SELF HELP KF1527.C66 2020).


  • Collier on Bankruptcy/ Alan N. Resnick, Henry J. Sommer (Bender/Lexis Nexis, 2009) (KF1524.C6 2009).


  • Consumer Bankruptcy From Start to Finish / Jan I. Berlage (NBI, 2012). (KFM 1421.B582012).





  • The Debtor Assistance Project ("DAP") a bankruptcy clinic available at the district's Greenbelt and Baltimore courthouses as well as a satellite location in Easton, Maryland. Pro se debtors can schedule an appointment to meet with an attorney for a free half-hour consult. 


exemptions; property protected from creditors in the state of Maryland. 

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