Typically, for a 2255 Petition, the prisoner files an initial Petition. The Court will then review the Petition and determine whether it may have merit. If the Court believes it does, it will appoint an attorney to assist.
I must tell you: There are VERY STRICT timelines for the filing of a 2255 Motion. Do not delay one more second.
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Mr. Kormanik is absolutely correct. Most 2255 petitions are filed pro se. I do not personally believe that is the best to proceed pro se, but many individuals do. If the court orders an evidentiary hearing, and the movant is indigent, the court is required to appoint counsel under the Rules Governing Section 2255 Proceedings.
Nothing else to add, follow the advice of the other two attorney for this question and don't delay because you don't want to miss out on an oportunity just because you missed the deadline.