Very few people go into bankruptcy knowingly. Whether you made a series of unwise financial decisions or had a turn of bad luck in the economy or both, bankruptcy can sometimes be the white flag that you need to cut your losses and try to move on. Because people considering bankruptcy generally can’t afford their payments, let alone a bankruptcy lawyer, you might be wondering if you could just represent yourself as a bankruptcy lawyer. At Bennett Guthrie PLLC, we want to strongly caution you against trying to be your own bankruptcy lawyer.
While you are always able to represent yourself in legal matters, bankruptcy hearings are not the place you should start your legal experimentation! When you represent yourself as a bankruptcy lawyer, you are held to the same standards as a bankruptcy lawyer, but with far less training. If you miss any deadlines or forget to submit any forms, you will be responsible for those actions and penalized accordingly.
In addition to being held to the high standards of bankruptcy lawyers, you might not be able to get the same positive results out of your hearings and the bankruptcy process without the expert advice of a competent bankruptcy lawyer. A bankruptcy lawyer can find the best route for you to take regarding the different types of bankruptcy and legal nuances and can also give you expert legal counsel during a time that is already very stressful.
If you are feeling buried by debt and creditors and see no end in sight, come and talk with us here at Bennett Guthrie PLLC to learn more about what a bankruptcy lawyer can do for you.