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If you're considering filing for bankruptcy, you may have to face quite a few tough decisions.

One of the easy ones, however, should be deciding whether or not to hire a bankruptcy attorney. While it's certainly possible to handle your own bankruptcy, you may be biting off more than you can chew.

How so? Here are five things a bankruptcy attorney can do that you probably can't:

Legal How-To: Getting Student Loans Forgiven

As you try to manage your student loans, it's important to remember that there are a number of loan forgiveness programs out there that you may qualify for.

Forgiveness programs aren't a quick fix, as they take several years to complete. Still, they're a great way to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to avoid defaulting on your loans, and eventually, to help you move on with your life.

Here are a few potential ways to get your student loans forgiven:

5 Questions to Ask a Bankruptcy Lawyer

If you're considering filing for bankruptcy, you'll want to come up with a few questions to ask a bankruptcy attorney before you hire one.

Failing to ask the right questions -- especially regarding attorney's fees or the specifics of your case -- can end up costing you, both in terms of wasted time and money.

To help you get started, here are five questions to consider asking your (potential) bankruptcy lawyer:

Supreme Court Calendar: 10 Cases to Watch in Jan.

If you take a look at the U.S. Supreme Court's calendar for January, you may notice a few cases that are of particular interest to you.

From gun ownership rights to presidential powers, the Court is slated to hear a wide variety of legal issues over five days of oral arguments this month.

Here are 10 Supreme Court cases to watch, in chronological order:

Bankruptcy Discharge, Dismissal Are Very Different

There are two ways a bankruptcy case can end: through discharge or dismissal. 

But while the terms "dismissal" and "discharge" may sound very similar, their meanings are actually worlds apart.

So, what's the difference between a bankruptcy dismissal and a discharge?

Casey Anthony Settles Search-and-Rescue Bill

Casey Anthony has finally reached a settlement with a search-and-rescue group that spent about $100,000 looking for her missing 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony was convicted in 2011 of lying to police, but acquitted in her daughter's killing. The search group, Texas EquuSearch, sued Anthony to cover its expenses in searching for Caylee. EquuSearch brought many volunteers to Florida and claimed that its funds were drained in the futile search.

But despite the settlement, it is unlikely that the group will see any money soon, if at all, because of the fact that Anthony, 26, has filed for bankruptcy.

Filing for bankruptcy is never pleasant, and it requires a vast amount of forms that can overwhelm even the most organized petitioner.

Don't become crushed under the weight of confusion over bankruptcy forms. Most of the essential forms you will need fall into these categories:

Bankruptcy and Foreclosure: 5 Things to Know

Are you thinking about filing a bankruptcy petition in order to stop a foreclosure?

A foreclosure sale happens when a person has defaulted on her mortgage payments. How is a bankruptcy filing related, though?

A bankruptcy filing often will often delay the foreclosure. Depending on what kind of bankruptcy you file for, you may even be able to save your home. Before you get into it, though, here are five things you'll need to know:

Kodak to Exit Bankruptcy, Refocus Its Business

A judge has approved Kodak's bankruptcy exit strategy. The once towering photography giant is now slated to become a much smaller digital imaging company that will focus on commercial and packaging printing.

Kodak filed for bankruptcy last year after struggling for years with digital photography competitors and growing debt.

But what does a Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit plan entail and how does it work?

Detroit's Bankrupt. So What's Next?

Now that Detroit's filing for bankruptcy, what's next?

Many people may be unfamiliar with Chapter 9 bankruptcy, in part because they are filed infrequently. With more than $18 billion in debts, Detroit's recent Chapter 9 filing is the largest in U.S. history.

Here are the next steps in the Motor City's Chapter 9 bankruptcy process: