Consumer Bankruptcy Project
Consumer Bankruptcy Project
To get help from the Consumer Bankruptcy Project, call 212.626.7383.
The City Bar Justice Center’s Consumer Bankruptcy Project provides New York City individuals struggling with consumer debt, and those whose incomes are at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, with assistance in filing for bankruptcy relief. Unexpected life events such as divorce, loss of income, and illness are reasons individuals with limited economic means struggle to pay back their creditors. They are constantly harassed by debt collectors, have their incomes garnished, and risk having their minimal assets seized, pushing them further into poverty.
The Bankruptcy Project realizes its work by recruiting, training, and mentoring volunteer lawyers to help New Yorkers struggling with consumer debts obtain an economic fresh start. Where appropriate, volunteers prepare the forms and schedules necessary for individuals to file pro se Chapter 7 cases and advise them on the steps needed to successfully obtain a discharge.
The Bankruptcy Project also oversees 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 interested parties, who cannot afford to obtain private counsel, in discrete contested matters relating to their bankruptcy cases, such as the discharge of student loans and stay relief.
Ramona Morel directs the Consumer Bankruptcy Project and Yenissell Sanchez is the project coordinator.
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