Wonder what it’s like to visit the bankruptcy courts when filing for bankruptcy? We’ll tell you what to expect if you’re filing without a bankruptcy attorney.

I'm filing for bankruptcy. Will I have to go to court?

Most people who file for bankruptcy on their own only need to show up to court twice. The first time is when they file their forms with the bankruptcy court. This just involves walking into the court and giving the bankruptcy forms you have filled out to the clerk’s office.

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Where can I find my nearest bankruptcy courthouse?

You can find it by going to [the official court locator]( "the official court locator") and typing in your city, state, or zip code.  

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Will someone show up in court against me?

In virtually all Chapter 7 cases that do not involve expensive property, no creditors show up to court against you. It's very, very, very unlikely that anybody will show up in court against you. 

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Filing for Bankruptcy with Electronic Self-Representation (ESR)

This article provides an overview of Electronic Self-Representation and how you can use it to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. If you're looking to file for Chapter 7 at no cost, check out Upsolve.

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What is a Bankruptcy Court?

The bankruptcy court oversees bankruptcy cases filed in the United States. The court maintains the records for all bankruptcy cases.

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What is the San Diego Bankruptcy Court?

Are you ready to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy case in the San Diego Bankruptcy Court? If you need help but you cannot afford to hire a bankruptcy attorney, contact Upsolve for no cost bankruptcy services for low-income Americans from a trusted nonprofit organization.

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