You are not required to hire an attorney to file for bankruptcy in Los Angeles. However, if you want to protect as much of your property as possible and get the most out of your bankruptcy discharge, it is in your best interest to speak to a knowledgeable Los Angeles bankruptcy lawyer as early as possible in your bankruptcy case. An attorney with experience filing bankruptcy petitions, dealing with bankruptcy trustees and negotiating with creditors can ensure that your rights are protected and help you get a fresh start financially at the conclusion of your bankruptcy case.