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Common Mistakes Made When Filing Bankruptcy Pro Se

Posted By Allmand Law Firm, PLLC || 9-Jan-2014

One of the reasons why debtors are highly encouraged to seek legal representation when filing bankruptcy is to ensure their case goes through the system in a proper manner while avoiding common pitfalls. Filing on your own may seem simple enough when you are able to download documents online, but many have no idea what they are actually looking at and why it is important for documentation to be completed honestly.

There are several steps debtors are required to complete in order to file bankruptcy and obtain a favorable outcome. An experienced bankruptcy attorney can help you through each step of the process to ensure your case gets the attention it needs with all due fairness. The filing process requires a good amount of time to be invested, especially when it comes to completing necessary paperwork. Many debtors who attempt to file on their own often underestimate the time and effort required to provide information needed.

While there are numerous mistakes pro se filers have made leading to dismissal by the court, there are a few that stand out the most. This is where guidance from a legal expert can make all the difference in helping you understand the filing process in deeper detail.

  1. Required schedules needed for the filing are missing. Your case can be dismissed if you don't provide enough information the court can use to access your situation.

  2. Failing to provide necessary documentation to the trustee. You are assigned a trustee when you file bankruptcy and within a specific timeframe you are required to provide documents related to your finances such as bank statements, pay stubs, and other details. Failing to comply with the trustee can lead to case dismissal.

  3. Not completing both credit counseling course requirements. You need to provide proof to the court such as completion certificates and each course is completed at different times upon filing.

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