Can I file bankruptcy secretly?

A common concern is whether friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers will learn of your bankruptcy. While bankruptcy is not a secret process, and cannot be made secret, bankruptcy filings are not widely publicized. In most cases, people who you do not already share your financial information with will not learn about your bankruptcy. Bankruptcy is a very commonplace occurrence, and except in the case of public figures, a personal bankruptcy filing is not a newsworthy event.

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