Filing for Bankruptcy Without an Attorney
Individuals can file bankruptcy without an attorney, which is called filing pro se. However, seeking the advice of a qualified attorney is strongly recommended because bankruptcy has long-term financial and legal outcomes. Bankruptcy is a complicated process. If you wish to retain an attorney, call the Iowa Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Project at (515) 244-8617 or Iowa Legal Aid at (800) 532-1275.
The US Bankruptcy Court Clerk's staff is not permitted to prepare documents for you and cannot provide any legal advice. You must comply with the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. Additional information may be available at your local library.
The following links provide additional information.
- Filing for Bankruptcy Without an Attorney
- Bankruptcy Basics
- Instructions - Bankruptcy Forms for Individuals
- Instructions - Bankruptcy Forms for Non-Individuals
- List of Required Forms and Fees to File for Bankruptcy
- Credit Counseling and Debtor Education Information
The Southern District of Iowa does not require any additional local forms.