Who Will Represent You?

Filing bankruptcy is a complicated process. In fact, it’s complicated before you even start because you have to make some initial decisions about whom will represent you. Here are your four options:

1. Represent Yourself

As in most legal proceedings, a party is entitled to represent his own interests in a bankruptcy. This is called pro se or pro per representation. Some people are successful in doing a bankruptcy this way if they do not have a complicated case and if they have the time and ability to research the law and procedure for bankruptcy. However, even in a successful pro se case, the debtor often misses subtle items that could ultimately cost them more time and money than they would have spent on a lawyer. And, if the case begins to unravel, you will end up seeking out a lawyer and probably paying more than you would have if you had started out with a lawyer in the first place.

Pros : Low initial cost (just the $299 filing fee), learn about legal system, sense of accomplishment

Cons : Risk, potential high long term costs, anxiety of not knowing the proce
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