As with most other legal matters, any person may represent himself or herself before the bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy, however, is a highly refined procedure that is full of detail and interpretations based on prior case law.
Each case is different, as are the consequences to the debtor. Proper planning in anticipation of bankruptcy may save a debtor money or property and countless hours of revising improperly completed documents. After a thorough analysis, bankruptcy may be unnecessary.
A lawyer skilled in bankruptcy law can assist a debtor so that the process is as effective for the debtor as the specific circumstances allow.