Many individuals try to file a bankruptcy without an attorney representing them. They can lose thousands of dollars and possibly their discharge. Filing for bankruptcy is not an easy process and if you don't have an attorney who understands how to protect your assets, you could lose money that you can't afford to give up. Once a Chapter 7 bankruptcy has been filed, you do not have the right to have your case dismissed. If you do not turn over money that has not been properly protected, you can lose your discharge. If this happens, the debts included in your bankruptcy can never be discharged in the future. Don't let this happen to you!