Do you speak Spanish, and can you file bankruptcy in Spanish?

Yes, and no.

Yes, I speak Spanish.  (Se habla espanol aqui).

No, the documents are in English.

Yes, you can take the required bankruptcy class in Spanish.

Yes, the trustee can use a free translator at court for our meeting.  spanish bk info sheet

I speak Spanish, and back in 1989 was a missionary in the Andes mountains on the southern tip of Chile, South America.  At one time, my Spanish was pretty good, but that was a long time ago.  I can do the whole bankruptcy interview in Spanish and answer most of your questions, but it sure helps if you have a friend who can translate.  In English, I sound like I know what I’m talking about.  In Spanish, I sound like an elementary school child.

But no, you cannot do the entire bankruptcy in Spanish.  The bankruptcy documents we file with the court are in English, and you will need someone to help you read through most of them.  That being said, most of the documents involve numbers, so even is your English is pretty weak, you can still do it.

When we get to court, the trustee is able to use a translation service offered by the U.S. Trustee’s Office through the Department of Justice.  He will call up an office on a speakerphone there at the table, and a translator will translate the entire meeting back and forth.

You can even take the required Debtor Education Course in Spanish.

The only thing you need English for is the paperwork, and maybe when you’re speaking to me if it gets too complicated.

This is not legal advice.  If you need help, go to www.robertspaynelaw.com.

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