If retained a lawyer for my bankruptcy case but am having trouble coming up with the legal fees, what should I tell the creditors?

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If retained a lawyer for my bankruptcy case but am having trouble coming up with the legal fees, what should I tell the creditors?

My attorney has dropped my case and calls are coming in. Should I seek another attorney or file on my own? I Have no money and no assets either. I am working but just skating by.

Asked on January 5, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You CAN file bankruptcy w/out an attorney--if you've already initiated the filing and your lawyer can no longer represent you, inquire of the bankruptcy court (speak to the clerk of the court and/or the clerk for whichever judge you've been assigned to) where to look for forms, instructions, etc. If you haven't started the filing yet, you can do it completely on your own--and you should do so as quickly as possible. Again, the bankruptcy court is a good source for information; below I'll also include a link to a very helpful website. While you can contact other attorneys, unless you have some reason to think that the first lawyer was charging you an unusually high amount, if the reason he dropped you was you couldn't pay, there's no reason to think you can pay a different lawyer. Here's the link: http://www.uscourts.gov/FederalCourts/Bankruptcy/BankruptcyResources/FilingBankruptcyWithoutAttorney.aspx


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