Will the court staff explain the filing procedure to me?

Will the court staff explain the filing procedure to me?

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Last Reviewed: Sat, Oct 24, 2020

To some extent, yes, but it depends on the court.

Some courts are quite willing to help non-attorneys and will give you a packet of information that explains the filing procedure in detail, and in plain English.

Other courts are quite hostile to debtors attempting to represent themselves and will make it a point not to help you at all.

The difference between courts can be dramatic, as evidenced by the wide range of difference between various court websites.

See the "court ratings" section on this page. The list of courts that "get it" provide helpful information to non attorneys.

If the staff at your court tells you that they can't offer you any help, you may wish to refer them to the websites of these other bankruptcy courts that manage to provide ample help the general public.

 

Jurisdictional relevance: There are versions of this article for each State.
Selected State: California
 
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