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Is it good to use online service for bankruptcy filing in CA?

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Hi, i am in bad situation and looking for bankruptcy filing help. I searched on internet and thinking to use online service from Diy4law bankruptcy service. Is it good to use such online service to file bankruptcy which is important for me. What if I failed to file? How these online attorneys provide help?

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Be careful. If you own any property at all like a car or house you could end up hurting yourself. In my experience by the time you get through paying for the DIY help there is only a little difference in the price you would have paid a lawyer. Call around in your community and get price quotes. Many attorneys will help you if you have little resources.

Good Luck!

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I have no idea how difficult your bankruptcy case is nor do I know how good your financial background is. Filing a bankruptcy is fairly complicated. I wouuld contact the Orange County Bar Assn first. They have bankruptcy clinics that could help you. Also, with an on-line service, you will probably not be represented by a lawyer at the 341(a) meeting of creditors or a reaffirmation hearing on your car if you want to keep it. In general, I think it is too complicated for an on-line service to do a good job for all but the easiest cases.

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I don't know anything about Diy4law or what they charge or whether they are even attorneys, but generally speaking, it is always better to consult with an attorney licensed in your jurisdiction for handling a bankruptcy filing.

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The details of your situation are unknown to me at this point. However, let me say this... when you have a "medical emergency" it is best to seek "medical" help. Similarly, when you have a bankruptcy related issue, it is best to seek competent counsel.

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Since filing bankruptcy can be one of the most important and difficult decisions of your life, I believe you should get to know the person/attorney who is so vital to your financial recovery. The few dollars you may save up front may end up costing you so much more with using a company that is a stranger to you.

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Be careful with an online service. If you cannot afford an attorney, call the Public Law Center (see the link below). The PLC works with the Orange County Bar Association and has a lot of options for debtors without counsel. Also, the PLC really does a great job with bankruptcy cases. If you earn too much to get help from PLC, you should then contact an attorney. Most bankruptcy attorneys have a sliding scale for fees. If you have a simple case, the attorney's fees may be comparable to the online website. I hope everything works out well for you!

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