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DO I REALLY NEED AN ATTORNEY TO FILE BANKRUPTCY? CAN'T I JUST DO IT MYSELF?

From time to time, our firm will receive calls from potential clients seeking help with bankruptcy cases they have attempted to file on their own. With the prevalence of DIY websites and non-attorney petition preparers offering "cheap" bankruptcy services, clients begin to question the benefit of using an attorney to file. From these clients' perspective, they are tempted to save a few dollars, and, after all, bankruptcy is an administrative area of law that often doesn't involve litigation. These same clients mistakenly believe that, similar to other areas of law, a bankruptcy clerk at the courthouse or the bankruptcy trustee will walk them through the bankruptcy process. It is disheartening when one of these same clients later calls after failing to get a bankruptcy discharge, or worse, losing their property after filing a bankruptcy case. For example, a potential client who filed a Chapter 7 pro se didn't realize a Chapter 7 was not the preferred bankruptcy to file to stop auto repossession. Because of the automatic stay, the creditor didn't communicate directly with the potential client during the bankruptcy process. Thinking she had saved her car and wiped out all her other debt, the client was so elated when she received her bankruptcy discharge. Imagine her disappointment when a day after her discharge, her car creditor repossessed her car, leaving her and her family without the means to get back and forth to work. An experienced bankruptcy attorney would have advised this potential client of the chapter of bankruptcy that was best for her circumstances. Bankruptcy attorneys provide more than just forms for filing. They provide insured advice and bankruptcy planning that protects your assets. For example, we see several clients each year who qualify for bankruptcy on paper, but should not file for various reasons. They would have either lost their assets or been involved in years of contentious bankruptcy litigation had they submitted a bankruptcy petition without the assistance of an attorney. Remember bankruptcy court staff and trustees do not owe pro se debtors any duty to assist with their filing or protect their assets. Protect yourself and your assets by allowing an experienced bankruptcy to handle your case. If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, contact Douglas County Bankruptcy Lawyers at (770) 485-6620.


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