Nobody wants to file bankruptcy. Filing for bankruptcy protection is a difficult decision, but there are many cases when it is the best course of action to safeguard your financial future. I have seen an uptick in the popularity of do it yourself bankruptcy with many how to videos on youtube. I would strongly recommend against doing it yourself for one main reason – the consequences of getting it wrong are far too great.
Bankruptcy Law Is Complicated
Of course it is possible for you to represent yourself in a bankruptcy case, it is very rarely a good idea. The law is so complex that it is nearly impossible for a non lawyer to understand all the nuances. And as with any legal case, understanding all of the laws and statutes is paramount. In a bankruptcy case, even a simple mistake such as forgetting to file a form, can have dire consequences for your case. Representing yourself may save you a bit of money in the short term, but the long term risks are simply too great. Talk to a good bankruptcy attorney (here is a link to a great Huntington Beach bankruptcy attorney – http://www.greifenlaw.com) and follow the course of action that he or she lays out for you.
Find The Right Attorney
You may not want to ask around for referrals for something as personal as bankruptcy, which makes it a bit harder to find the right attorney. You can always search around on google and yelp in your area and look for attorneys with a great reputation. Though, sometimes it is difficult for bankruptcy attorneys to get reviews because people don’t want to talk about their bankruptcies. You can also look at sites like avvo.com and search for lawyers with a lot of experience and who have won awards for bankruptcy work. This gives you an idea of who the good bankruptcy lawyers are in your area and helps you to find them.