Can I file for bankruptcy online? 21 Answers as of August 11, 2011

Is it possible to file for chapter 7 bankruptcy online? How does it work?

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Mercado & Hartung, PLLC
Mercado & Hartung, PLLC | Christopher J. Mercado
e-filing is required, you should hire an attorney to help you
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/11/2011
Heupel Law
Heupel Law | Kevin Heupel
Only an attorney can file a bankruptcy online. If you are filing pro se, then you need to file the petition at the court.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/9/2011
Ray Fisher Law Offices
Ray Fisher Law Offices | Ray Fisher
you cannot but your lawyer can
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/2/2011
Glen A. Kurtis, P.C.
Glen A. Kurtis, P.C. | Glen A. Kurtis
There is no way to file directly online yourself. You would need a program that interfaces with the bankruptcy courts. Most attorneys file this way now.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 8/2/2011
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
There some on line services that will fill out the paper work for you. Who will you call if your case goes south? And you must attend the hearing. Who will go with you?
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/1/2011
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley
    Law Office of Maureen O' Malley | Maureen O'Malley
    Lawyers are registered on an online system, and we have programs. Call the clerk's office where you are to find out about individuals. BEWARE: I don't recommend you file on your own. There are too many little traps that can cost you or deny a discharge, and a lawyer will charge more to clean up errors.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Symmes Law Group, PLLC
    Symmes Law Group, PLLC | Richard James Symmes
    When your attorney files your bankruptcy petition, they will most likely file it online. If you file your bankruptcy alone, then you most likely will have to file your case at your local courthouse.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 7/31/2011
    Financial Relief Law Center
    Financial Relief Law Center | Mark Alonso
    As an individual consumer representing yourself, you are not able to file for bankruptcy over the internet. Attorneys who have completed the proper training with the courts can file electronically by accessing the court websites, but consumers who are not licensed to practice law are not permitted to do this. There is a filing requirement for bankruptcy in which consumers are required to complete credit counseling and obtain a certificate of completion. This pre-filing requirement can be done online, but the bankruptcy petition itself cannot be completed or submitted online.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Law Office of Harry L Styron
    Law Office of Harry L Styron | Harry L Styron
    Hypothetically you can file for bankruptcy on line, by completing all of the forms manually, converting them to PDF files, completing a course at the bankruptcy court on the functioning of the ECF/CM system and becoming certified in its use. Ordinarily only a bankruptcy professional will go to all of this trouble, and whether or not the court clerk's office will allow a layperson to do it, I don't know. You should call your local bankruptcy court clerk to ask.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law
    Judith A. Runyon, Esq. Attorney at Law | Judith A. Runyon
    No
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Eric J. Benzer, Attorney at Law
    Eric J. Benzer, Attorney at Law | Eric Benzer
    No
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    You CANNOT file bankruptcy online. Unrepresented people must file on paper. Your question tells me that you are considering what tends to be a financial catastrophe and usually goes very badly. You need an experienced attorney. Note that experienced attorneys are allowed to, and usually do, file online, using the court system called ECF which is available only to lawyers.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    Ursula G. Barrios Law
    Ursula G. Barrios Law | Guillermo Machado
    No. Lawyers must file a bankruptcy petition for you unless you take it yourself to the court. We do this through the online court system. Non lawyers don't have access to this. Thank you,
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
    The Schreiber Law Firm
    The Schreiber Law Firm | Jeffrey D. Schreiber
    Without an attorney with a PACER account, no.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/30/2011
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