Filing Without an Attorney (Pro Se)




The information contained within the Iowa Northern Pro Se Information Center is accurate as of the date of publication, but it should not be cited or relied upon as legal authority. This information is provided solely as an overview to the bankruptcy process, and should not be used as a substitute for reference to the United States Bankruptcy Code (title 11, United States Code), the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, or to local rules or standing orders of this court. Finally, the information contained within this site should not substitute for the advice of competent legal counsel.

The bankruptcy process can be very complicated. Although the U.S. Bankruptcy Court Clerk's Office staff provide a variety of services, they are not permitted to assist with the preparation of the voluntary petition, schedules, or other documents, nor may they provide legal advice. You may want to seriously consider retaining an attorney to assist you with your case. Your local bar association may be able to refer you to an attorney. 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.

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