Q: I am a low income senior who wants to file a no asset chapter 7 bankruptcy in San Diego,CA
I cannot afford a lawyer. Are there any resources other than the Law School that might be of help?
A: There is a lot of information on your Bankruptcy Court's website (www.casb.uscourts.gov) including information for for the San Diego Bar Assoc. lawyer referrals (www.scdba.org). Their phone number is (800) 464-1529. On the Court's website, click on the Information tab, for Filing without an attorney. Most bankruptcy lawyers offer free consultations and some offer free services. The Bar Assoc. should be able to direct you to the right resources. You can also use the help of a petition preparer to help you file your own bankruptcy. There is a list of them on the Court's website.
A: You might try the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, "https://www.lassd.org." That said, you should probably consult a couple local attorneys first. Most offer a free consultation and most will work out some sort of payment plan. Chances are that if you can't afford an attorney, you might not need to file (judgment proof) or maybe better off waiting to file (in case you incurr more debt, i.e medical bills, back rent, etc.). While there's some good legal aid out there, they generally wont make the processes as easy as private attorney, sometimes take much longer and often not as knowledgeable. Good luck!
A: As a low-income senior in San Diego, CA, you can seek assistance from organizations like Legal Aid Society or the San Diego County Bar Association's Modest Means Program. These resources may provide legal aid or refer you to pro bono bankruptcy attorneys who can help you with your Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing. Additionally, you can explore self-help resources at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court website for the Southern District of California to navigate the process independently.
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