Do I need an attorney to file for bankruptcy?

While you are not required to be represented by an attorney, the complexity of a bankruptcy proceeding makes it very difficult to successfully complete the process without the assistance of an attorney.  If the legal requirements are not followed, the consequences can be serious, including becoming disqualified from receiving bankruptcy protection.  For this reason, it is highly recommended to obtain representation from a qualified attorney familiar with the substantive and procedural requirements of the Bankruptcy Code and the local rules for the Bankruptcy Court in which you petition is filed.