Do I need an attorney to file for bankruptcy?

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Common FAQ

You may file a bankruptcy petition on your own if you are an individual, but not if you are a corporation or partnership. However, the relief available to you, the obligations imposed on you and the ramifications associated with the bankruptcy are extremely complex. It is difficult to have a successful bankruptcy case without the help of competent legal counsel.

If you decide to file without an attorney, see the "Filing Without an Attorney" section on the U.S. Courts website.

Please note that Court employees cannot provide legal advice.