I filed a motion for a extension for thirty day to get a lawyer. Now it seem like no lawyers wants too help. What do I do? Can i file another motion for more time?
Have they given a reason? Or do they just want more of a retainer than you're willing to pay. Personally, I would only accept a case like this if the client paid my full legal fee of $4,000 plus the $500 retainer I need for out-of-pocket expenses. Your emergency is not theirs.
The problem could be that by filing your petition without a lawyer you have expressed that you feel you are capable of doing the work of a lawyer without the education or experience. That makes you look like an arrogant & hard to manage client. Without a lot of money, why would any capable bankruptcy attorney take on your case?
Once your case is filed, the ability to plan for the best becomes nearly impossible. Prepare to eat some "humble pie" in your search for a lawyer or deal with a dismissal of your case.
Hope this perspective helps!
It is doubtful that the court will give you another 30 days to find an attorney.You should be able to find an attorney that will take your case but you will likely have to come up with at least a couple thousand dollars for a retainer.
The answer above is for general information purposes only. You should talk to an attorney to determine your specific legal rights.
Most attorneys will not get involved with a pro se case because it takes more to fix the problems caused than to avoid them in the first place.
Also, I disagree with Ms. Bunce's characterization of pro se filers. The problem is that if you filed on your own either you did not have the money for counsel or you did not want to pay counsel. The first could have been fixed with a low down payment retainer and payments through the plan. The second cannot be fixed at all.
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Local Rule 1007-1 of the USBC MDPA governs motion practice for granting an extension of time to file the required documents subsequent to filing the petition, normally 14 days after the petition is filed. the Motion must be filed prior to the expiration of time for any prior extension. If the motion is not filed prior to the expiration of any extension of time, then the motion is "untimely, the court may deny the motion and dismiss the Case. In any event the Motion for extension must state why the extension is needede and requires service upon creditors.
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