Unless you are filing as a corporation, you are not required to have a lawyer to file bankruptcy. As an individual, you can choose to represent yourself during a bankruptcy proceeding. While you can represent yourself, I would never advise someone to do so. In my opinion, outside of tax law, bankruptcy is the most complex area of law. Unless you are fully versed in bankruptcy, the different types of bankruptcy, and the laws regarding bankruptcy filing, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an experienced Marietta bankruptcy lawyer at Cherney Law Firm, LLC.