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Provides guidance about filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana, particularly chapter 7 and chapter 13. This Guided Assistant tool can help you understand the most common types of bankruptcy. It can also help you determine which type of bankruptcy you might need to file. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.
The law says an "individual who is unable to pay the costs of court because of his poverty and lack of means" may file without paying court costs. This is called filing in forma pauperis (IFP). It is important to know that filing the affidavit with the court does not automatically lead to IFP status.
This information guide has a link to a computer program you can use to create some basic forms for small claims court in a Louisiana Justice of the Peace Court. The forms are only for small claims courts that are also Justice of the Peace Courts. The forms are not for small claims brought in a city court or other Louisiana state court.
Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.
See this brochure to find out more about what happens in the courtroom, how to behave, and more.