By:Michael A. Cibik
Can you file for bankruptcy in Philadelphia without hiring a lawyer? The answer is yes, for individuals, but it is not always advised. There are many complicated issues that may come up in a bankruptcy case, individuals may wish to hire an attorney who is allowed to practice in this bankruptcy court.
Definition of Pro Se: “(proh say) Latin for “for himself”. The legal term for an individual who is not represented by an attorney is “pro se.”
The purpose of these pro se web pages is to provide the pro se filer, (someone who represents himself or herself without a lawyer), with access to some information about the bankruptcy process and information about local procedures that you must know. Individuals appearing as debtors (including husbands and wives filing jointly), creditors or other interested parties before this court do not have to be represented by an attorney.
An individual may represent him or herself in bankruptcy court without an attorney. But a corporate entity or partnership may not appear in bankruptcy court without an attorney, and if a corporate entity or partnership attempts to file a bankruptcy case without an attorney, the case may be dismissed. A proof of claim may be filed by an individual, corporate entity, or partnership with or without an attorney.
The judges, judges’ staff, clerk, or clerk’s staff are not permitted to provide legal advice.
For example, they cannot:
We are a debt relief agency that helps people
seek bankruptcy protection under federal law