Filing a Bankruptcy Case Without an Attorney

Filing a Bankruptcy Case Without an Attorney Is Possible.

Filing for bankruptcy can be complicated and anyone think about doing so should retain the services of a qualified bankruptcy lawyer. If you decline to use an attorney, and attempt to file bankruptcy on your own, you are known as a "pro se" debtor. The Bankruptcy Courts have provided an outline of the steps to filing bankruptcy "pro se". Please take a look at this information to get an idea of the bankruptcy process. The information provided should not be taken as legal advice, but it is a good starting point for anyone thinking about filing for bankruptcy protection.


While the link above provides guidance on pro se filing for the US Courts. Please be aware that each state and district/county have their own local rules and procedures.

For example: The Northern District of California has an additional link to more detailed information on filing without an attorney. This can be found at:


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a bankruptcy attorney near you.