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Why is it Recommended to File Bankruptcy with an Attorney?

Posted By Allmand Law Firm, PLLC || 6-Feb-2017

When you choose to files for bankruptcy, you can file with a lawyer or "pro se."

Many who choose to file without legal representation may opt in doing so in hopes of saving money. However, for those who are not as familiar with the process, handling this on your own may come with consequences that could potentially worsen your situation.

Rules related to bankruptcy can be complex, and entering into the situation without following proper procedures may affect your rights as a debtor. An example would be during the filing process. There are forms that are required to be completed and submitted to the court, but if you fail to provide the court with the necessary documents, you could lose protection of the automatic stay or even your right to file bankruptcy in the future.

For this reason, it is recommended to go through the process with a bankruptcy attorney due to the long-term financial effects of filing and in order to avoid legal consequences. If you file on your own and forget to add a debt, the judge may choose not to discharge the debt. Additionally, the judge may choose not to discharge any debt if they feel there is fraud or dishonesty connected to the case. This is due to debtors filing on their own and providing false information on bankruptcy documents or hiding assets.

When you begin the bankruptcy process, it is expected that you follow the rules and regulations that are set by the federal court. Even if you are not able to afford legal services, speak with your bankruptcy attorney about a payment plan.

If you have considered filing for bankruptcy, get in touch with our Dallas bankruptcy lawyers at Allmand Law Firm, PLLC today!

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