Should I Try To Handle My New Jersey Bankruptcy Case Myself?

Some people can and do successfully handle New Jersey Bankruptcy Court cases, from filing the first paperwork to the entry of a New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Discharge Order. However, many other people also make mistakes that lead to the dismissal of their New Jersey Bankruptcy Court cases or that result in the entry of money judgments against them. Since so much can be at stake in a New Jersey Bankruptcy, you should seriously consider using the services of a competent attorney licensed to practice law in New Jersey to handle your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case.
The following are reasons to use an attorney to handle your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case:

  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Court fees often change
  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Court rules often change
  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Court employees cannot give you "free" legal advice and a judge may refuse to let you claim that you were right in taking an action (or in deciding not to take action) because you relied on advice from such employees
  • New Jersey Bankruptcy Court forms available on websites may not cover every situation you may face in court
  • each New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case has its own particular legal issues and therefore, its own challenges
  • it is very common for people to file inadequate or incorrect New Jersey Bankruptcy Court petitions that result in problems with the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court Case because of procedural or other deficiencies.
  • it is not uncommon for New Jersey Bankruptcy judges to get very frustrated by an unrepresented party's lack of preparation or ignorance of the facts or law of the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case.
  • a court has the power to punish unprepared parties, such as by fining them, throwing their New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case out of court or limiting what they can present to the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court.
  • Federal and New Jersey law includes many published cases, laws, regulations, court rules and rules of evidence that can be very tricky to understand and that can be used to prevent you from doing much of what you want to do in New Jersey Bankruptcy Court.
  • it is very common for New Jersey Bankruptcy Courts to refuse to allow a party to use or refer to documents or items at the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court.
  • without the proper preparation, items and documents may never be considered by the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court. Also, if there are any legal issues to be dealt with at the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court hearing or trial, you must be prepared to argue them, which may require you to refer to court rules, evidence rules, laws, regulations or published cases.
  • you cannot show up at the New Jersey Bankruptcy Court expecting the judge hearing your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case to explain court rules, evidence rules, court procedure or the details of the law that applies to your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case. The judge hearing your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case is not permitted to give you legal advice.


 

It is important to remember that even if you have an attorney, you could lose your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case.

Hiring an attorney to handle your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case does not guarantee your success. However, it may provide what is needed to successfully complete your New Jersey Bankruptcy Court case or to avoid certain mistakes.


Contact the Offices of Ronald E. Norman, LLC at (865) 374-3100 to learn more about how we can support and serve you today!