All your debts and assets and income and expenses are correlated and put into a set of documents that give a basic sketch of your entire financial life.  This runs between 50 and 70 pages on average. After substantial review with your attorney, this book of documents is filed through a complex court filing system (ECF). You are then assigned a judge, trustee, and date and time for your hearing (341 Hearing). This hearing is roughly thirty days after your filing the documents.  At your hearing, you will answer a series of questions (which your attorney will hopefully have prepared you for).  Subsequently, you will obtain your discharge if you are successful, and finally, your case will be eventually closed.  From the time of filing, the entire process runs 3- 5 months on average.