Filing Without an Attorney

Corporations and partnerships must have an attorney to file a bankruptcy case.  While individuals may appear “pro se” (without an attorney) in the bankruptcy court, it is recommended that you obtain the legal services of a bankruptcy attorney.  Only an attorney is authorized to give legal advice regarding a bankruptcy case or proceeding.  

The Clerk’s Office is prohibited from giving legal advice (28 U.S.C. § 955).  For example, the Clerk’s Office cannot:
Explain the meaning of a rule or statute or interpret case law
Explain the result of taking or not taking action in a case
Help you complete the forms
Tell you whether jurisdiction is proper in a case
Tell you whether a complaint properly presents a claim
Provide advice on the best procedure to accomplish a particular goal
Explain who should receive proper notice or service.
Recommend an attorney
Provide free copies of the bankruptcy filing forms - all forms are available to be downloaded for free via the Court’s website

To read more on filing for bankruptcy without an attorney, click here.