|Do I need an attorney to file bankruptcy?
No. However bankruptcy law, like most areas of law, you can try to represent yourself (this is called being “pro se”) without an attorney’s help, but in 99% of the situations this is not wise. Bankruptcy is a complex legal process with many pitfalls for an untrained person who is unfamiliar with bankruptcy law and the requirements that need to be met to successfully complete a bankruptcy.
Hiring a bankruptcy lawyer is essential to making sure you get your bankruptcy done right the first time without any costly non-lawyer mistakes. For example, an experienced bankruptcy attorney can analyze what type of bankruptcy you qualify for, which exemptions can be used to protect your assets and how to apply them correctly, and can represent you at the “meeting of creditors” where you will be questioned by the Trustee who is assigned to your case. An experienced bankruptcy attorney will analyze potential issues with your case before filing, do pre-bankruptcy planning if necessary to eliminate or reduce issues or risks with your case, and properly prepare the 50-60 page bankruptcy petition, schedules, and related documents. He can make sure you provide all the required documentation in order to properly prepare the bankruptcy petition and will make sure to get the required documentation to the Bankruptcy trustee before the hearing for you. A bankruptcy lawyer will provide you instructions and prepare you for your bankruptcy hearing. An experienced bankruptcy lawyer can respond or defend you from objections or other issues raised by creditors to your case or the bankruptcy trustee. A bankruptcy lawyer can negotiate and settle contested issues with both your creditors and the bankruptcy trustee.
While you can choose to represent yourself, it is highly recommended that you hire and seek the advice of an experienced bankruptcy attorney. It is certainly worth your time to schedule a free confidential bankruptcy consultation with an experienced reputable attorney to learn your legal options.
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WHAT BANKRUPTCY CAN DO FOR YOU ?
BANKRUPTCY WILL STOP:
• MEDICAL COLLECTIONS
• CREDIT CARD COLLECTIONS
• TAX COLLECTIONS
• OTHER TYPES OF COLLECTIONS
• HARRASSING PHONE CALLS
• FINANCIAL DISTRESS
BANKRUPTCY WILL PROTECT:
• VALUABLE ASSETS
• YOUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
• YOUR CHILDREN'S FUTURE
• YOUR PIECE OF MIND
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|Reviews, Rating and Affiliations
I must say Scott is they best to work with, he has gone way out of his way to help my wife and I with a chapter 7, he was amazing to work with, if you plan to file you must check with Scott first, he even has 2 locations, Scott would get 10 stars if it would let me rate that high.
- Rick T.
We hired Mr. Hutchinson in early 2011 to represent us in filing for bankruptcy. I had interviewed two other attorneys in Portland prior to selecting him. Mr. Hutchinson is a very professional and knowledgeable attorney. The filing process went very smoothly for and we were discharged successfully. We are very happy that we found him.- Jody H.
No one wants to be in the position to have to file for bankruptcy. It's humiliating no matter what the circumstances. My experience with Mr. Hutchinson was excellent. I was made to feel like a person and not just another case. Not only was I filing for bankruptcy, to top it off my case was extremely difficult (which I am told is highly unusual) as I was right on the border between being able to file a 7 or 13. It created a lot of additional work and hassle for Mr. Hutchinson. Regardless of how frustrating that may have been, I was consistently treated with respect, patience and professionalism throughout the entire process. He went more than the extra mile for me. If you find you are in a position to file bankruptcy I would strongly suggest Mr. Hutchinson's services.
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