When it comes to bankruptcy, you’re legally permitted to represent yourself from start to finish, whether the bankruptcy is for your personal finances or for your business. But that doesn’t mean that being your own bankruptcy lawyer is a good idea. Here’s how a lawyer can make it easier to declare bankruptcy, and how you can hire a lawyereven if you don’t have the money to pay one right away.

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Does My Bankruptcy Advocate Have to Be a Lawyer?

Within the past few years, a number of businesses have set up shop offering inexpensive bankruptcy services, even though they are not lawyers. These services focus only on bankruptcy document preparation. The American Bar Association and state bar associations prohibit these individuals from charging more than $200. Equally importantly, they prohibit non-lawyer bankruptcy services from providing legal advice. This means that these services may do the clerical work of putting your case in order, but they cannot verify the information contained in your documents or check to see if you are making the best case that you can.

Bankruptcy proceedings are extremely complicated. In fact, bankruptcy laws are among the most complicated and nuanced bodies of the law. Bankruptcy laws also change frequently. Additionally, the amount of property that you lose, the impact on your financial credit history, and even the debts that you still have to pay will all vary based on your individual case. A lawyer can help you construct the best possible case to protect your interests.

So, yes, you do need a lawyer when you're declaring bankruptcy if you want to protect yourself as much as possible.

How Will I Be Able to Pay My Lawyer?

Remember that you can always request alternative payment methods such as scaled payments and bartering. Most bankruptcy lawyers realize that their clients are in a tough situation, and may be willing to work with you to structure an affordable payment plan.

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