September 2012

30 Sep Filing For Bankruptcy Without A Lawyer – Scams Abound In Los Angeles

Well over 45% of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases in Los Angeles are filed without a lawyer. When it comes to Chapter 13 filings, that number is far higher - in spite of the fact that nearly every single Chapter 13 bankruptcy case filed without a lawyer is thrown out of court. What gives? It seems as if many people don't know the difference between the services a lawyer can provide as opposed to those offered by non-attorney bankruptcy petition preparers. Maybe it's the promise of a lower cost than attorneys charge. Or a sense of trust and authority vested in non-lawyers by community groups. Regardless, when it comes to filing for bankruptcy without a lawyer there are a host of things you're not going to get.
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