Don't Have An Attorney

Self Represented Parties - Means to File Pleadings

Please visit this page for methods self-represented filers can use to file documents with the Court.

    General Warning About Proceeding Without an Attorney:   Filing for bankruptcy may be done without a lawyer.  However,   it is highly recommended that you hire a lawyer to guide you through the difficult and complex process. The bankruptcy laws are very technical and you are required to complete and sign, under penalty of perjury (lying under oath), various official forms.   Your failure to complete these forms truthfully and timely may result in the dismissal of your case and may negatively affect any future bankruptcy filing.  It is recommended that you complete this Bankruptcy Checklist to help determine your legal needs. 

Definition of Pro Se:  "A person representing himself or herself without a lawyer in a bankruptcy case is a "pro se" debtor.  Only individuals (including married couples) can file a pro se case.  Other potential debtors, including but not limited to, corporate entities, partnerships, municipalities and /or those who wish to file a chapter 9 or chapter 15 case must retain legal counsel."

Disclaimer:  The information contained in this section is provided for the benefit of parties seeking general information about the bankruptcy court or about the bankruptcy process who are not represented by a lawyer.  The information is not intended to serve as a substitute for legal advice otherwise provided by attorneys.  In addition, some of the information has been provided by private entities outside the bankruptcy court and is included here as a service to those entities/parties who are not represented by a lawyer.