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informal proof of claim:a writing by a creditor that contains a demand for payment of a debt and an intention to hold the debtor's bankruptcy estate liable but that is not in the form prescribed in the Bankruptcy Code for proofs of claim NOTE: If an informal proof of claim is filed with the bankruptcy court within the time allowed for filing proofs of claim, the court may allow the creditor to file a proof of claim in its correct form and consider it as having been filed on the date that the informal proof of claim was filed.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.