Bankruptcy Petition preparers are cheap but don't add value to your case.
Be wary of all the advertisments for $200 dollar bankruptcies. While a petition preparer can offer typing services and help put your assets and debts in the right places, and maybe help determine your six months of income necessary to do the means test. They cannot offer legal advise or help you with exemptions. Read this article before turning to a low cost petition preparer. As an attorney I see bankruptcy cases every day and see how the trustee's look at issues and understand how to protect all your assets and make sure that everything is included so that you get your discharge and not your case dismissed.
Failure to mention a potential asset such as an unresolved personal injury case or employment law case can make it where its subject to the trustee and property of the estate instead of exempt and yours to enjoy and protect.
Bankruptcy petition preparers can only charge $200 dollars and charging more is a crime. There are many warning signs in all the trustee meeting rooms and any money above that charged by these preparers is disgorged by the trustee for the benefit of the estate. Talk to a riverside bankruptcy attorney to know your rights and protect your assets