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Local Bankr.R.1002-1

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Local Bankr. R. 1002-1 Commencement or Continuation of Case Without Counsel.

(a)     Individual Filers.

Only an individual may file a voluntary bankruptcy petition or appear in Court without being represented by an attorney as a Pro Se Filer/Litigant.   All other entities, including but not limited to corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships, and trusts, may  not appear in Court or sign pleadings, including the petition, without being represented by an attorney. If a Debtor that is not an individual files a petition without an attorney, the Court may dismiss the case without notice, either sua sponte, or on motion of a party in interest after notice and an opportunity for a hearing.

If an agent on behalf of an individual, such as a court-appointed conservator, court-appointed guardian or the holder of an unexpired power of attorney or other authority pursuant to non-bankruptcy law files a pleading/document with the Court, the filer shall file evidence of such authority and shall attach such authority simultaneously with the pleading/documents filed on behalf of the individual. Failure to file such authority may result in a dismissal of the case or the striking of a pleading without notice, either sua sponte, or on motion of a party in interest after notice and an opportunity for a hearing.

(b)     Responsibility of Individual Pro Se Filers/Litigants.

An individual proceeding on his or her own behalf is considered to be proceeding as a pro se filer or pro se litigant. Individuals proceeding pro se must read and follow these Local Bankruptcy Rules, the Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, and the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. See USDC Local Rules and Notice to Pro Se Filers/Litigants.