Q: Can contacting a lawyer to file bankruptcy stop an eviction if your landlord filed for non payment of rent?
A: Yes, it can hold it up for you. Definitely advise speaking with a lawyer!
A: Contacting an attorney does not accomplish anything. But retaining the attorney to file for Bankruptcy can halt an eviction, if there has been no writ of possession issued and served by the Sheriff.
Filing the bankruptcy slows down the eviction process. If the landlord knows what they are doing, they can get the automatic stay lifted.
If you are behind on your rent, you qualify for a grant to get you current. You can look to the United Way or Salvation Army for help.
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