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Can I File My Own Bankruptcy?

Posted By Ryan Albaugh || 15-Feb-2017

The thought of hiring a lawyer can be overwhelming. In the age of the internet, you have worlds of information at your fingertips – it should be easy to figure out what you need to do to file bankruptcy, right? Not necessarily. The legal world is incredibly complex and it is important to really consider your options before making a decision on whether to file with an attorney or without.

Common Pitfalls of Filing Bankruptcy for Yourself

Unfortunately, many who file for bankruptcy make the same mistakes. Filing for bankruptcy has very long-term legal and financial consequences and it’s important that you know what you are doing, or hire someone who does.

Take a look at some of the common mistakes people make when filing for bankruptcy:

  • No need to file for bankruptcy in the first place
  • Filing under the wrong chapter
  • Failing to file the necessary required documents
  • Incorrectly choosing exemptions
  • Failing to understand the difference between financial management and credit counseling

Hiring a Bankruptcy Attorney

Bankruptcy will look different for everyone. Although you may know of someone who successfully filed for bankruptcy, you may not reach the same outcome. An attorney is trained to be able to provide a legal solution to every situation and work towards the best possible outcome.

Consider these reasons to hire an experienced bankruptcy lawyer:

  • They are well-versed in the complex laws surrounding bankruptcy.
  • They will make sure that your information is correct.
  • They will make sure that all appropriate documents are filed in time.
  • They can uphold your rights in court.

At Albaugh Law Firm, our skilled St. Augustine bankruptcy attorney team has years of experience helping others file for bankruptcy. We can walk you through your legal options and make sure that you are able to make informed decisions about your future.

Contact our firm today to learn more about filing for bankruptcy!