Consumer Bankruptcy Project

Consumer Bankruptcy Project

Consumer Bankruptcy Project

To get help from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, call 212.626.7383.

Overview

The City Bar Justice Center’s Consumer Bankruptcy Project provides free legal assistance to low-income consumers in New York City with outstanding debts, assisting debtors filing pro se bankruptcy petitions and providing pro bono representation to debtors in contested matters. This Project allows clients who would otherwise be unable to file, due to an inability to retain counsel, to reorder their finances and obtain an economic fresh start.

We recruit, train, and mentor volunteer lawyers to advise low-income consumers of their rights and responsibilities regarding outstanding debts. Where appropriate, volunteers prepare the forms and schedules necessary for debtors to file pro se Chapter 7 cases and advise them on the steps needed to successfully obtain discharge.

We also oversee the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel, which provides pro bono representation in matters referred by bankruptcy judges of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. The Panel is comprised of volunteer attorneys who represent pro se debtors in discrete contested matters relating to their Chapter 7 cases, such as the discharge of student loans and stay relief.

Ramona Morel directs the Consumer Bankruptcy Project. Ben Mattison is the project coordinator.

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  • Financial Empowerment Workshop: Business Plan/Financial Statements Workshop 102

    Wednesday, July 26th (6:00 – 8:00PM): The Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) is hosting a free three-part financial empowerment series to provide New Yorkers with the tools they need to move toward financial independence and to financially sustain their small business. This session provides its attendees with a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with finance professionals. At this session, professionals will review and answer questions related to balance sheets and income statements. Individual questions will be answered. To attend this session, you must have attended 101 Accounting and Finance for Small Businesses. Registration is required. To register, please call NELP at 212-382-4726.