Should You Hire a California Bankruptcy Attorney?

Filing a California Bankruptcy is a serious step in anyone’s life, and it should be handled by a professional specifically educated in the various bankruptcy laws.  Although it is possible to file bankruptcy by yourself (pro se), it is not recommended in almost all cases.  Bankruptcy laws are very complex and there is no room for error.  Once a bankruptcy petition has been filed and the case finalized, there is no going back and changing something you may have forgotten or made a mistake on.

What Does The United States Bankruptcy Court Say About Hiring a Bankruptcy Attorney?

Bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal consequences – hiring a competent attorney is strongly recommended.

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Debtors are strongly encouraged to obtain the services of competent legal counsel. Even if you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may be able to qualify for free legal services. For information about hiring an attorney, or about free (also known as “pro bono”) legal services, contact your state or local bar association. Many law schools have legal clinics that offer free legal services. Court web sites often have contact information for bar associations and pro bono legal service programs, as well as important procedural information.
Corporations and partnerships must have an attorney to file a bankruptcy case. Individuals, however, may represent themselves in bankruptcy court. While individuals can file a bankruptcy case without an attorney or “pro se,” it is extremely difficult to do it successfully.

It is very important that a bankruptcy case be filed and handled correctly. The rules are very technical, and a misstep may affect a debtor’s rights. For example, a debtor whose case is dismissed for failure to file a required document, such as a credit counseling certificate, may lose the right to file another case or lose protections in a later case, including the benefit of the automatic stay. From: http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyResources/FilingBankruptcyWithoutAttorney.aspx

If you are considering filing bankruptcy in California you should contact an experienced local attorney for a free bankruptcy consultation.  You can use the form on this page or call our toll free bankruptcy phone number (855.700.0753 ) for more information.