Roughly 10% of bankruptcy filers nationally #file #without an #attorney. Representing yourself rather than using an attorney is called “pro se” and the percentage of consumers that choose to go this route for their Chapter 7 or 13 may be much higher or lower depending on your area. While this is one way to save money, the results you get are far less reliable.
Reasons to use a bankruptcy attorney for your case
If you’re considering bankruptcy and are wondering if you should file on your own without an attorney’s help, you should stop and think about it carefully. In addition to the high failure rates there are other things to consider including:
Even if you do your homework and research bankruptcy laws, you will not be able to obtain the knowledge and expertise that a dedicated bankruptcy attorney possesses. Bankruptcy is a very specialized area that combines several areas of law. Even attorneys who file bankruptcy themselves usually always use a bankruptcy attorney to handle their case because they understand the complexity.
It can be intimidating to go into court without someone experience at your side. With an attorney representing you, you will be able to relax and let them run the case.
After you file bankruptcy, creditors should stop contacting you, but if they don’t, you’ll have to fight them. If you have an attorney, they will take care of all of this for you.
Expert bankruptcy attorneys know how to prepare all of the reams of paperwork required by the court and if there are any errors in the filing, will correct them and refile.
Not only will a dedicated bankruptcy attorney know the process, but they will likely know the judges and Trustees and have a friendly working relationship with them which can make your case move more smoothly.
Of course there is a cost to hiring a bankruptcy attorney, but if you go pro se and mess up the filing or have the case dismissed, you may have to pay to refile because you didn’t get it right the first time. You can lose your property to a liquidation sale if you select the wrong chapter.
An experienced bankruptcy attorney is your best shot to get the most complete debt relief and a fresh financial start. You may miss the mark and not prepare your case properly and miss out on significant opportunities if you exclude certain debts.
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