Do I need an attorney to file for bankruptcy?

While it is possible to file a bankruptcy case "pro se," that is, without the assistance of an attorney, it is extremely difficult to do so successfully. Hiring an attorney is recommended. The court is not able to give legal advice or help you fill out the forms.

For more information about referral of an attorney, you can contact your local Bar Association or the Iowa Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service.

People can access the service directly by going to They can also get to the site by going to the ISBA website ( and clicking on "Find-A-Lawyer" in the blue menu bar.