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.

The Southern District of Iowa does not require any additional local forms.

 

ATTENTION: PRO SE DEBTORS AND OTHER UNREPRESENTED PARTIES
During the course of a bankruptcy case or proceeding, bankruptcy court notices are mailed by the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) on behalf of the court. The BNC, which is operated by a private contractor, provides notice production and mailing services for the court, but THE BNC IS NOT THE COURT.

DO NOT SEND DOCUMENTS TO THE BNC
Documents related to a bankruptcy case or proceeding should be sent directly to the court.