If you think you need to file for bankruptcy, you may be tempted to go it alone. After all, why should you pay a bankruptcy attorney to fill out paperwork?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. While the State of Georgia will allow you to do this, it’s not recommended. There are many circumstances involved in these types of cases that the average person does not understand. An experienced bankruptcy attorney knows how the courts work, what type of information is required, and how to present it. Your lawyer will tell you what will happen to your debts and how your property will be affected, among other details.

So what happens if you try to file for bankruptcy on your own but you make a mistake? In this case, you filing may be stopped, delayed, or affect your rights.

As you can see, experience can make the process run much smoother. Hiring a bankruptcy attorney is your safest bet for achieving the best long-term results. But don’t get lured into a bankruptcy mill. Make sure your lawyer meets with you in person prior to your case going to court.

Once you’ve made the decision to hire a lawyer, check out these four things to look for in a bankruptcy attorney. And for expert representation in Toombs County and the Vidalia, GA area, call the Law Office of Tipton-Downie.