Clinics & Projects
Fresh Start Debt Relief/Bankruptcy Clinics
Attorneys provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) to clients, meaning they are only involved in the case for that day. Not trained in LAR? Watch a training and read required materials.
HOW IT WORKS
Volunteers at bankruptcy clinics have a few options of how to participate in bankruptcy clinics. Attorneys can:
- Give a short presentation on bankruptcy and answer questions from client attendees
- Meet with a client to determine what documents are needed to complete their file
- Try to gather those documents online. Some examples of the documents needed are credit reports, income or benefit information, asset information and tax returns.
BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING
- Limited assistance means you finish with your client on the same day. No drawn-out help with court proceedings or legal advice
- Attorneys of all experience volunteer. Learn from a more experienced attorney if you would like more guidance on guardianship law and paperwork, or provide mentorship to a younger attorney if you have years of knowledge to share.
- Want to meet other attorneys in your area of practice? Clinics are a great way to make connections with other legal professionals.
- Gain practical experience. This clinic is a great introduction to bankruptcy practice for volunteers.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides primary malpractice insurance for all pro bono work.