The purpose of these pro se web
pages is to provide the pro se filer, (someone who represents himself or
herself without a lawyer), with access to some information about the
bankruptcy process and information about some local procedures that you
must know. Individuals appearing as debtors (including husbands and
wives filing jointly), creditors or other interested parties before
this court do not have to be represented by an attorney. However,
corporations must be represented by counsel, except in certain
Rule 9010-1(B) - Notice of Appearance).
Because there are many
complicated issues that may come up in a bankruptcy case, individuals may
wish to hire an attorney who is allowed to practice in this bankruptcy
If you do choose to represent
yourself as a pro se filer and go through the bankruptcy case without a
lawyer, you must follow all federal and local court laws and requirements
and use the federal and local required forms that are
available from the clerk’s office or the court's web site for filing documents.
use any other forms; they may be from a different
court or may be old forms that cannot be used in this court since they
have been replaced by updated versions.
The judges, judges’ staff, clerk,
or clerk’s staff are not permitted to provide legal advice or speak
with you in an ex parte communication (which means without the other side
Note: These pro se web pages do not contain all
information about requirements applicable to the United States Bankruptcy
Court, Southern District of Florida, so please review all the pages of
this court's site www.flsb.uscourts.gov for additional information.
To access information on financial planning and agencies that offer consumer protection and information access the link(s) below.
Personal Financial Planning and consumer information.