Don't have a Lawyer?

  • This information is not legal advice.

    You can only receive that from a lawyer.

    These pages do not contain all information about requirements applicable to the The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland.  Please review all the pages within this court's website for additional information.

    The judges,  judge's staff, clerk, or clerk's staff are not permitted to provide legal advice and/or speak (or correspond, including email) with you in an ex parte communication (which means without the other side present).
  • Caution Before Proceeding Without a Lawyer

    Filing  bankruptcy is a serious decision and should not be taken without considering the long-term financial and legal consequences.  While individuals appearing as debtors (including spouses filing jointly), creditors or other interested parties before this court do not have to be represented by a lawyer, it is recommended you meet with a lawyer before you file so that you can carefully consider your options.

    If you choose to represent yourself, you will be expected to comply with applicable law and procedures just like a lawyer.  This includes the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.