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Should You Hire an Attorney for Bankruptcy Court?

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Why Should I Hire a Bankruptcy Attorney?

Corporations and partnerships are required by law to have an attorney in order to file for bankruptcy. However, individuals may represent themselves in Bankruptcy court. While many people choose to do this in order to save some money, the Bankruptcy court strongly recommends that you hire a lawyer when filing for bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy rules are very technical, and a simple mistake may severely affect your rights. For example, if you forget to file a required document, your entire case may be dismissed. Also, bankruptcy cases are randomly audited to check the completeness of the information provided – if the information is found to be inaccurate, you may be prosecuted for bankruptcy fraud. 

Finally, bankruptcy contains a number of hidden dangers. It is not uncommon for a layperson to lose a case because he or she did not know about a local court rule or that he or she had to be the one who schedules a hearing.

Can I Use My Bankruptcy Attorney for Other Legal Problems?

This will depend on the attorney, because each attorney will specialize in different areas of the law.

However, bankruptcy is closely related to other legal issues. It is not uncommon for bankruptcy attorneys to deal with foreclosures or wills and trusts.  

Where Can I Find a Bankruptcy Attorney?

If you do not know where to find a good bankruptcy attorney, one good place to check is the website of the bankruptcy court in your area. Many courts include information on how to find local bankruptcy lawyers. Another great resource is attorney referral services. These are operated by private companies as well as state and local bar associations, and offer a great first step in finding the right lawyer for you.

Finally, you can present your bankruptcy case to this online resources of experienced bankruptcy attorneys.

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, LegalMatch Legal Columnist

Last Modified: 11-25-2013 02:51 PM PST

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