Prior bankruptcy case information
On Official Form 101 (Voluntary Petition) you have to list all bankruptcy cases you've filed in the prior 8 years. This includes both cases that resulted in a discharge and those that were dismissed instead. Keep in mind, once the forms are handed over to the clerk the case is considered filed. If you received a discharge in a Chapter 7 case filed less than 8 years ago, you're not eligible to file Chapter 7 now. The 8 years begins to run when a case is filed. Not when the discharge is entered.
You can find your prior case information on Form 309A which you received after filing your previous case or on the discharge order if you received one. You may also find your prior case information by going to the court and searching PACER. There may be a small fee to use this system. Some courts also have an automated phone case information service. Review your court’s website to see what system they have available.
NOTE: Most courts began converting their paper files to electronic files in the year 2000. So, if your prior bankruptcy case was filed before then, there is a chance your court may not have an electronic version of your case. In this case, you can do your best to list the information you know. If your district has a form that requires you to list all your prior filings (including ones more than 8 years old) then you will need to contact the clerk to find out your prior case information and include that information on the form before you file.
Listing other legal actions against me
On Official Form 107 (Statement of Financial Affairs) you'll have to provide information about any cases (lawsuits or other legal actions) you were a party to in the year before filing this case. Common examples of legal actions folks may have been included in before filing bankruptcy are divorce proceedings and lawsuits filed by creditors.
If you have any documents from the lawsuit, chances are you'll be able to find all the information you'll need on the first page or in the summons and complaint. Specifically, you'll be looking for the case title, case number, date the case was filed, and court name. Once you have the court name, you'll be able to look up its address on the court's website.
If you don't have any of the documents anymore and you don’t know anyone who might still have copies, your best bet is to contact the court clerk to ask if they can help you find this information. Many state courts also allow you to search their court records online for your case by last name. Visit your court’s website to learn more.