It seems that whenever folks are desperate for help there is always a potential for unscrupulous entities swooping in. For example, in a recent case in Detroit, MI a petition preparer was sentenced to four (4) years in prison for violating various bankruptcy court orders.
In 2012, a Maryland individual who posed as an attorney and filed numerous cases was shutdown by the the Maryland bankruptcy court and ordered to pay hundreds of thousands in fines. This individual had apparently even decorated his office with law books to create an air of legitimacy.
How to Avoid Scammers