Bravo TV has become many a person’s secret guilty pleasure. Recently, it has also become an excellent example of things that can go wrong in a bankruptcy. Theresa Giudice from The Real Housewives of New Jersey recently went to federal prison for failing to disclose assets in her bankruptcy filing. In turn, she has sued her bankruptcy attorney claiming, among other things, that she had disclosed that information, and her attorney failed to properly list it on her schedules. A link to the story can be found here: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/teresa-giudice-suing-lawyer-5-million-jail-time-article-1.2031732
There’s an important lesson to be learned from this: review every page of documents that are being filed with the court. Prior to filing any of your schedules with the bankruptcy court, your attorney should provide you with the opportunity to review every schedule, statement, plan, and other document being filed with the court. He or she should require your initials on every page. If your attorney files documents without your knowledge or consent, that is a huge issue. You should find a new attorney immediately. So the next time you feel guilty about watching your favorite reality television show just remember, it taught you an important lesson.