August 21, 2020
Hi! I’m new to the forum and I could use some advice.
I will try to sum up. At the beginning of the year, I found a lawyer in my state who deals with bankruptcy especially for student loans. I borrowed a lot of money and have only been paying interest.
This lawyer thought I was a good candidate to be my student loans dismissed due to for hardship. I filed for Chp 7 bankruptcy and it was granted. The plan was to wait a couple months and then file the discharge/bankruptcy papers. Well, when I hadn’t heard from the office in a couple months, I contact them and was told my lawyer had died. But that the new owner would take over my case. Two months later the office called me to say the new owner/lawyer could not take over my case as he had no experience in applying for student loan bankruptcy. And no one in my state did! But they recommended a lawyer in Nevada, who I can’t find. I’ve contacted various bankruptcy lawyers here, but no one has replied or they expect another $3000. Or they just gave me a link to a lr in m
My question is, at this point, could I just filed it myself? I found a website with the paperwork needed. Would that work? Or do I need a lawyer to sign it? I know it will take months and I want it over so I can start to save money and move on. Has anyone done this? I’d like some advice. There is free legal counsel here, but I don’t want someone to /sign it if it will mean they have to keep being involved. Any help would be appreciated!
May 3, 2014
I have a couple of thoughts to share.
First, I’m sorry to hear about your attorney and the hardship that it has caused you. One resource that you might consider would be to call your state or local bar association. Explain to them what happened and that the attorney who took over the firm couldn’t continue representing you. They may be able to direct you to someone that can help.
You are allowed to represent yourself. Someone who represents themselves in the court system is called a Pro se litigant. Wikipedia has a bit of the basics here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_se_legal_representation_in_the_United_States
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