Since it was a personal bankrutpcy as opposed to a corporate, the answer is yes, you can represent yourself.
Please click "ACCEPT" so I may get credit for my time. If you have a couple of follow-up questions I would be happy to address them for you after that at no additional charge.
Okay, this helps a lot. Did you not list this case as a contingent liability on the BK schedules that you filed. This may be why they are saying in the adv proc that it should not be discharged. If there is an allegation of fraud, which is a tort, the BK court is less likely to discharge the liability of this claim as opposed to if it were a civil suit arising out of a breach of contract.
So for now, if we assume that the claim is not discharged, whether it is because it is a tort/fraud claim, or whether it is b/c you did not list it in the BK, or whether it is b/c you opt not to defend it, then the plaintiffs will go back to the court in which their case is filed and continue forward. The damages will thus be determined by that court, not the BK court.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).