If I owe on my utilities will an Arizona bankruptcy shut off my lights?
Not if you do what is required under section 366 of the bankruptcy code. This section of the bankruptcy law states that a utility company may not alter, refuse or discontinue service so long as you furnish “adequate assurance” of payment for services after the date of the filing of your bankruptcy. Adequate assurance of future payment includes a cash deposit, a letter of credit, a certificate of deposit, a surety bond, a pre-payment or another form of security that is mutually agreed upon between the utility company, the trustee and you. Such adequate assurance must be delivered to the utility company within twenty days of filing your Tucson bankruptcy. Any debt that you owe to the utility company on the date of filing is dischargeable so you won’t have to pay it. However, if you already had a deposit with the utility company than they can offset any debt you may owe them with that money without any notice to you and without a court date.
This Arizona bankruptcy law applies to all utility company’s including gas, water, electric etc. Please consult with a competent Tucson bankruptcy attorney about keeping your services during and after bankruptcy.