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Before You File Bankruptcy on Your Own

Filing Bankruptcy Without a Lawyer

Making the mistake of filing the wrong bankruptcy, filing bankruptcy documents incorrectly, missing information, or failing to meet important deadlines can be like walking off a cliff blindfolded.  If you’re considering filing bankruptcy, you’re already in a desperate financial situation.  Avoid taking the unnecessary risks that filing bankruptcy on your own can bring.

Bankruptcy Court Problems

Dealing with a bankruptcy court can be very intimidating, and for good reason; there are laws to follow, bankruptcy court deadlines to meet, and no room for errors. To file bankruptcy, one must be experienced with the procedures and well-versed with bankruptcy laws. The trustee appointed to your case will be appointed by the court uncover assets to repay creditors; not to watch out for your best interests. Ultimately, the bankruptcy court decides the details of your personal bankruptcy case, and the outcome. Filing bankruptcy without an attorney means the debtor is taking big risks without legal representation.  When bankruptcy is handled through an experienced bankruptcy lawyer, the margin of error is significantly reduced, if not completely eliminated.

Pre-Bankruptcy Consultation

What if you don’t need to file bankruptcy? Most bankruptcy attorneys offer a free no-obligation case evaluation. During this initial meeting to discuss your potential bankruptcy case, there is conversation about what bankruptcy can and cannot do. The bankruptcy attorney will do an initial assessment of your financial situation and determine which next steps are necessary.  If bankruptcy is not the best solution to your financial problems, there may be other insightful solutions recommended. If Chapter 13 or Chapter 7 bankruptcy are a good fit to resolve your debt problems, then your debt attorney can guide you through the process. Having the professional guidance, assurance, and advice is exactly what is needed to avoid common mistakes.

Hire a Debt Advisor

By far, the most important thing one can do to prepare for a possible bankruptcy case is to hire legal representation, a debt advisor and bankruptcy lawyer who is familiar with both federal and state bankruptcy laws. Before attempting to file on your own, consider the financial risks and unnecessary emotional toll this could cause.  At Debt Advisors Law Offices, you can retain an experienced bankruptcy attorney for as little as $100.