When someone reaches the point of filing for bankruptcy, she is likely
consumed by burdensome financial responsibilities. She can’t begin
to fathom how she might come up with the funds to hire a bankruptcy lawyer.
After all, the fact that she has next to no money is what caused the whole
problem to begin with. For financial reasons, she might decide to file
the case without the help of an attorney. Courts refer to that as a “pro
Filing a pro se bankruptcy action could be the biggest mistake she makes.
First of all, bankruptcy courts follow strict rules. Courts expect everyone
to follow these rules and to comply with highly technical requirements.
Bankruptcy lawyers, of course, know the rules and how to draft documents
that conform to the requirements. A pro se litigant, with no prior experience
or training, will be held to those same standards. Likely, she will feel
overwhelmed and confused. What’s worse, she may have nowhere to
turn. Bankruptcy judges, clerks, and other people associated with the
process cannot “help” a pro se litigant with her case. They
cannot offer general advice about the most beneficial route to take and
they cannot offer practical advice about which form to use in which circumstance.
Bankruptcy is a complicated process. That’s why most people rely
on bankruptcy lawyers to protect their interests. If you would like to
talk to someone about
filing for bankruptcy in California, call an experienced and trusted San Diego bankruptcy attorney.