A Chapter 7 debtor whose bankruptcy petition was riddled with omissions and inaccuracies cannot shift the blame to his attorney and “must be judged on his own conduct,” a Northern District bankruptcy judge has ruled.

Judge Diane Davis in Utica said that since the information provided on the petition is “so straightforward that it requires no legal explanation for an individual to fully appreciate or comprehend the nature of the inquiry, Debtor cannot disclaim all responsibility for statements that he made under penalty of perjury.”

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