How fast can I file my bankruptcy case? The answer is it depends and many of the variables are up the client. First, we need to meet (free consultation) and determine if bankruptcy is right for you. I will also review with you all the documents you need to obtain prior to filing. In my experience, the items that slow down this process is doing the online credit counseling certificate (takes about 20-25 minutes) and obtaining the pay stubs and prior tax returns. Once you get all these documents to me, in an emergency I can have come in within 24-28 hours (sometimes even quicker-depending on the case) to sign the petition. Once we sign I can file it electronically even after hours or on the weekend!