Online Bankruptcy Forms Processing Services
Benefits and limitations of online bankruptcy forms processing
The primary function of online bankruptcy forms processing services is to prepare documents and schedules. In addition, most of these services provide a copy of the official filing instructions for local jurisdictions. For anyone who well prepared and comfortable representing themselves as their own attorney, these companies provide a modest cost savings. Representing yourself is known as pro se representation, and must be performed in accordance with the same court procedures that apply to licensed attorneys.
Limitations of processing services
By definition, companies that prepare forms are not law firms. Only attorneys who are licensed by their state bar organization can provide legal advice. Any person or company that charges a fee and provides legal advice without a license commits barratry. Most states consider barratry a crime, similar to practicing medicine without a license. If you have questions, or need advice, consider another option before hiring a processing service.