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You are going to be hard pressed to locate a lawyer in the States who will assist you with this bankruptcy case filing before returning to the states. However, there may be a lawyer out there somewhere who can assist you, but you must know that in order to file a chapter 7 case in the US you will need to reside, have a domicile, a place of business, or property in the US. If you don't meet these requirements, then you will not be able to file a chapter 7 in the US.
I would never advise someone not to pay their bills, but only you know your true financial situation and if you are unable to pay the bills that you have then you may need to stop making regular payments to these creditors. I would suggest contacting your creditors and attempt to work out either a repayment plan or make an offer to settle the debt owed on the debt. You may have to stop using the credit cards and live off of cash and surrender your vehicle back to the lender and obtain a car that you can afford. However, being only $22,500 in debt, I would say that you are not bankrupt at the current time, you are simply experiencing some financial hardships at the current time but life is cyclical and you can get out of your current financial situation without going bankrupt.
Start contacting your creditors today and begin working your way out of debt.
I hope you found this information helpful.