Simply answered, yes you can. If an individual meets the eligibility requirements of filing bankruptcy in the state they reside in, one can file bankruptcy themselves. That being said, bankruptcy laws are complex and change frequently, and the process can be challenging to navigate without guidance from an experienced bankruptcy lawyer.
If you attempt to pursue bankruptcy on your own, in addition to interpreting and understanding bankruptcy laws, individuals must gather specific required documents within defined timeframes before even filing for bankruptcy. Some of these documents are fairly easy to obtain. Others may require more in-depth research, such as requesting information from the IRS. If these requirements are not specifically followed, or if any of the documents are missing, the individual will not be allowed to file for bankruptcy.
The requirements become further complex when a spouse, family member or friend is impacted by the filing. In these cases, additional documentation is required and those friends and family members may find themselves involved in the filing.
Declaring bankruptcy can be an emotionally devastating process. Many individuals feel humiliated, defeated and overwhelmed. In such a state, the added stress of interpreting bankruptcy laws and complying with the complicated filing process can sometimes be more than a person can handle. Small mistakes during the filing process may create huge and costly complications in the future. How can you best protect yourself and your financial well-being?
At Behm Law Group, we limit our practice exclusively to bankruptcy. As experts in this field, we stay abreast of the latest developments in bankruptcy law and guide our clients through the requirements and process every step of the way. Behm Law Group understands that this is an extremely sensitive decision, one which was not made lightly, and we extend our expertise with compassion to all of our clients. To obtain more information on the bankruptcy requirements and process, please contact Behm Law Group for a free consultation. We will answer any questions you may have and provide you with peace of mind.