Filing for Bankruptcy without an Attorney

 

U.S. Courts Web site – Filing for Bankruptcy Without an Attorney

 

Corporations and partnerships must have an attorney to file a bankruptcy case. Individuals, however, may represent themselves in bankruptcy court. While individuals can file a bankruptcy case without an attorney or “pro se,” it is extremely difficult to do it successfully.
 
It is very important that a bankruptcy case be filed and handled correctly. The rules are very technical, and misstep may affect a debtor’s rights. Bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal consequences—hiring a competent attorney is strongly recommended.
 
Even if you cannot afford to pay an attorney, you may be able to qualify for free legal services. Many law schools have legal clinics that offer free legal services. Following are other pro bono resources in Eastern Washington.
 
Benton-Franklin County Legal Aid Society
418 North Kellogg, Suite E
Kennewick, WA  99336
(509) 734-9840
 
Blue Mtn. Volunteer Attorney Referral Program
342 Catherine Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362
(509) 529-4980 www.bmacww.org
 
Coordinated Legal Education, Advice & Referral (CLEAR)
1-888-201-1014 (low income)
1-888-387-7111 (60 and over)
Northwest Justice Project
401 Second Ave. S., Ste. 407
Seattle, WA 98104 www.washingtonlawhelp.org
 
Kittitas County Volunteer Legal Services
413 North Main Street, Suite L
Ellensburg, WA  98926-3183
(509) 925-6434
 
Moderate Means Program
 
Okanogan County CAC Volunteer Legal Services
424 South 2nd Avenue
Okanogan, WA  98840-9650
(509) 422-4041  www.occac.com
 
Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program
1704 West Broadway Avenue
Spokane, WA  99201
(509) 324-0118  www.spokanebar.org
 
Whitman County Legal Svc., Community Action Center
350 SE Fairmont Road
Pullman, WA  99163
(509) 338-4255
 
Yakima County Volunteer Attorney Services
6 So. Second Street, Suite 510
Yakima, WA  98901
(509) 453-4400