San Mateo, CA asked in Bankruptcy for California

Q: Do I need a lawyer to file for bankruptcy?

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Scott Jordan
Scott Jordan
  • Bankruptcy Lawyer
  • San Ramon, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No, you are not required to hire a lawyer for bankruptcy.

But, you would be wise to hire a lawyer if you believe you should file for bankruptcy protection. With the changes in the law in 2005, the need for expert advice and know-how is vital for success. I recently read that about 85% of bankruptcy filers who filed without an attorney failed and did not receive the discharge they were looking for.

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