Looking for a debt/bankruptcy attorney that does pro-bono or sliding scale?
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Call your local bar association and the Legal Aid Society. There you will find resources that may be able to help if you qualify. Remember that a lot of people who file for bankruptcy are in poor shape financially, so you may or may not qualify for pro bono assistance. Remember, however, that it is far better to spend the money now than have your bankruptcy case botched by an attorney who doesn't really practice in that area of law. Good luck!
I would contact three (3) Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, who are licensed to practice where you live. Most Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys provide a free consultation.
While I appreciate that you want an attorney to work for you at little or no cost, filing bankruptcy might not be the right solution for you, or it may be no solution at all. Even if you lose the lawsuit, creditors often cannot garnish the wages of people whose income is sufficiently low.
Also, understand that bankruptcy attorneys are not rich fat-cats who can work for free. They have staff to pay and families to support just like you. I am unwilling to provide pro bono services for someone who has never done any charity work themselves but expects a handout. It costs nothing to donate blood or pick up trash at the local park. Hope this perspective helps!
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Robert has provided a site to obtain possible help. You might call around also as may be faster employing an attorney. Make sure you discuss WHEN you were served the law suit also. In my state, a "notice of appearance" could be entered even PRO SE and not have to answer the lawsuit yet so you have more time to look at options but each state and court has its own rules so discuss that with your attorney too.
Your asking that question implies you have not called and discussed with an experienced bankruptcy attorney near you or did but the fees were too high. However, if you need eye surgery do you want to go to the best or the cheapest..think about that.
Other facts and issues can gravely affect your case so I will point these out for you next some issues so you know you only need to do one thing now: call an attorney near you to discuss bankruptcy. You need and want to enjoy your fresh start also. But the most important thing is to meet with an attorney as you asking this question means you have not. You care about 2 goals: keeping everything you have equity in and discharging all your debts. If you don't have any of the exceptions to discharge you will obtain that goal; most exceptions are set forth in 11 USC. 523 (Google it) like child support, some income taxes, traffic (in a ch 7) and criminal fines , and presumption of student loans. But some debts are dischargeable in a ch 13 but NOT in a ch 7 so you want to make sure and your attorney will discuss any such types with you also!
Your exemptions depend on what state you have lived in in the last 2 years and thus if in your state, then your states exemptions will apply. Most persons filing keep everything they own but your attorney will confirm that with you when they learn everything you own and the equity thereof!
Some secured debts like homes, vehicles, other secured debts an attorney will discuss your options on also as you must list any debts; but that does not mean you will lose them unless you have too much equity or are in default on paying for them! Discuss those options if they apply with your attorney too.
But other issues can arise that can greatly harm your case. Just one example: If you paid back a relative $3,000 11 months ago and now file bankruptcy next week, the trustee can SUE that relative to retrieve that $3,000 (under what is called a preference) for the benefit of the bankruptcy estate. As a result, most attorneys don't charge to meet with them the first meeting so meet with one no matter what.
Many great attorneys can be found right here on AVVO in your state so look, call, and meet one as soon as you can.
You should also want to know when to file: is there an advantage of waiting versus filing now and who should you pay between now and then! Good luck and enjoy your later fresh start.
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