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Reviewed March 3, Updated March 3, Much improved since last review. Now offers a guide to persons filing without an attorney, featured prominently on the front page.
Although it features many shrill warnings, it does an admirable job of spelling out the deadlines and procedural requirements for a successful filing. Reviewed May, Straightforward navigation. Clear links, Filing Without at Attorney home page is a good one-stop resource for filing information. One of the best in the nation. May Still excellent. March One of the best courts in the nation for helping people filing without an attorney.
A huge improvement since our last review. Still good. Lots of warnings about filing without a lawyer, but also lots of good, helpful information about how to avoid screwing up. Reviewed May Features a new section for "non attorney filers" that collects all relevant information into a single menu. The filing requirements section offers a helpful list of checklists. Even includes instructions for each of the official forms, which the federal courts main site no longer provides.
Be sure to check out "top ten filing mistakes". May Still great. Despite lots of warnings saying they can't help non-attorneys, they do, in fact provide a reasonably helpful menu of links to self-filers, and even say so in English.
They do offer a fillable means test form. Still very good. This court went from a grade of F to a grade of A- in this most recent review May Many improvements have been made, to the point where this court does a good job presenting needed information efficiently and clearly. The info is not all that in depth, but the links are well organized.
A model for other bankruptcy courts around the nation. You can easily find what they have to offer. Click the "Debtor Help" tab on the main menu to get started. May They get credit for having a page geared to non-attorneys and making the link to the info fairly prominent. The home page is messed up as of this review. Click the link called "General Information" to get a better starting point. Nice improvements move its grade from a B to a A and a spot in the hall of fame.
Offers a dedicated menu to help non-attorneys. Filing requirements are spelled out clearly. May Update. Home page does a good job of steering consumers in the right direction to the information they need.
Worthy of a "hall of fame" designation for overall quality. Good revisions to this court recently include a guide specifically designed for debtors filing without an attorney. Update: New Jersey has embarked on a cutting edge experiment in pro se filing. They now allow debtors to file electronically, without an attorney. Great idea. Will be interesting to see if this idea spreads.
Could be a model for other courts. One caveat. Their link to the federal exemption statutes fails to mention that the statutory amounts are indexed for inflation and are now higher than what appears in the statute.
One of the most debtor-friendly sites in the US bankruptcy court system. Home page links in plain English direct non-attorneys to important and helpful information. Still excellent. This court now offers procedural guidance to non-attorneys. Also offers live chat to guide you to helpful resources. One of the only courts to offer that. Their pro se page offers links to helpful manuals from the local legal aid society.
You can tell that a lot of thought and effort has gone into helping self-represented debtors. Well done. Information for non-attorneys is easy to find, and quite exetensive. Some branches of the court even have a "Pro Se Law Clerk" specifically assigned to help people who are filing without an attorney. Court does an excellent job of organizing info and making it easy to find. Much better than most bankruptcy courts in the county. One of the first courts to offer information to non-lawyers.
The "Pro Se Debtor Info" links from the home page go directly to a menu that links to information for non-attorneys on how to file, including forms and instructions about procedure.
Forms page is clear and helpful. Reviewed, March 3, Not much here, at first glance. Go to the Site Map to find anything. Decent page for filing without an attorney, once you find it. May Update: Navigation has gotten better as there is now a direct link from home page for folks filling without an attorney. Information is well organized and clear. New interface is a bit too clever by half. Important info is buried in the menu called "Court" Click the "No Attorney" link. Once you get past that, it's pretty good.
Pop up menus work very slowly and may not work on all browsers. On some browsers you may not even see the menus at all! Has a dedicated pro se counter. May Update: Court should make website work with all browsers. Important information is missed if the home page menus don't work right.
But downloadble PDF guides are good, but were written in Vastly improved organziation since last review when this court got a faling grade for organization. Now it's a model. Perhaps they were listening. Once you find the information, it's actually quite good. Many of the FAQs are quite good. Makes too much use of pop up menus, can be difficult to navigate, but the info is there.
Still true. Menus are a bit unwieldy but the info is good once you get there. Now features a special menu just for those filing without an attorney. Offers clearly organized guidance as to what to do when. Offers non-attorneys a handy complete downloadable packet of all required forms, all in fillable PDF format, but little in the way of instructions.
In the "Filing Resources" section of the site, they have a special page for non-attorneys, with links to relevant info. Also has an innovative online help desk as an alterative way of getting information. Still a good site. Hasn't changed much in three years. The website is quite well organized and important information is easily accessible, and now features a "Filing Without an Attorney?
One of the best in the nation in terms of offering checklists, etc. May A few links and link names updated in since last review. Earlier review still stands. Really wacky web design and use of color. The home page link to "Unrepresented Debtor Information" takes you to a page that links to relevant pages of the website. The Forms button has a pop up link to a special list of forms just for those who are fililing without an attorney.
May Still true, March Nice clean site design. Information for debtors without an attorney are easily found on the home page. May Still true as of March Still sets the standard for user-freindly bankruptcy court websites. The source of some first class, well written, crystal clear information for non-lawyers filing for bankruptcy. A model for the rest of the courts in the nation to follow. Provides links to fillable PDF forms. Well done in every respect.
Taxpayers are getting their money's worth in from the Western District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court. Vastly improved since last review, when we gave the court website an "F for failing to provide much help to non-lawyers.
This link takes you to a dedicated page of information for self-help filers, which boils down the basics of what you need to file, with links to related resources and forms. Be sure to download the PDF file of local rules, and especially in the Appendix to the local rules, for important information and forms. Most of the court's site still primarily caters to attorneys and bankruptcy pros, but now, at least, the new 'pro se' page offers a place for ordinary people to find the information they need.
If you don't own the book, you can still use this site and the free means test calculator. Toggle navigation. Change Location: Pittsburgh, PA Where to start Before you file, there are three kinds of information you'll need to get from the court's website: 1.
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