When I first saw this book, I felt overwhelmed with the size, until I saw a special chart at the beginning of the book with 34 most commonly asked questions, and directions to the specific chapters that address each question. For example, if you need help finding a bankruptcy lawyer, the charts tells you to go to Chapter 10. Maybe you just want to know if you would qualify to avoid wasting any time -- go to Chapter 1. The chart comes in handy if you prefer to have your questions answered ASAP, and then read the other details later.
Not only does this book have the legal forms you will need, but it also has several worksheets that will help you get organized, such as a personal property checklist and a homeowner's worksheet. In the back there is an appendix that lists all the state and federal exemptions that may apply to your situation. If you are unsure about any of the wording, there is an in-depth glossary included.
There are even little "extras." For instance, a sample letter telling collection agencies to stop contacting you, as well as a sample notice to creditor of filing for bankruptcy.
The only downside to this guide is that you can't tear out the pages with the forms, so photocopying what you need might be a little difficult.
I think anyone considering filing for bankruptcy should read through this book, not only to decide if you can do it on your own, but also to help find a reliable lawyer, if you decide to use one after all. At least you will know what to expect in the attorney's office, and you will be able to make more educated decisions.
Another alternative to Chapter 7 bankruptcy is Chapter 13 Bankruptcy: Keep Your Property & Repay Debts Over Time