Hi, I'd like to help you with your bankruptcy questions today.
Here are some legal aid/legal assistance organizations in DC that might be able to help you with a bankruptcy case:
American Association Of Retired Persons Legal Counsel For The Elderly Volunteer Lawyers ProjectPrimary Address: XXXXXNW A4/630 City: Washington State: DC Zipcode: NNN-NN-NNNNGeneral Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNFax: (NNN) NNN-NNNNIntake Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNCounties Served: District Of Columbia Case Types: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Wills Case Restrictions: Lower income DC residents age 60 and older. Web Site: http://www.aarp.org/lce Organization Email: email@example.com
Archdiocesan Legal Network Of Catholic CharitiesPrimary Address: XXXXXNW City: Washington State: DC Zipcode: NNN-NN-NNNNGeneral Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNFax: (NNN) NNN-NNNNIntake Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNCounties Served: Calvert, Charles, District Of Columbia, Montgomery, Prince Georges, Saint Marys Case Types: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits, Wills Case Restrictions: Cases must be in Washington DC or counties listed above
DC Bar Pro Bono ProgramPrimary Address: XXXXX NW Fl 6City: WashingtonState: DCZipcode: NNN-NN-NNNNbr/>General Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Fax: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Intake Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Counties Served: District Of ColumbiaCase Types: Bankruptcy, Community Economic Development, Consumer, Child Custody, Dissolution of Marriage, Domestic Violence, Health, Housing, Public Benefits, Real Estate, Torts, WillsCase Restrictions: Income limits set at 200% of poverty for representation services to individuals; specific case acceptance policies for family law matters, and for Community Economic Development ProjectWeb Site: http://www.dcbar.orgOrganization Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Legal Clinic for the HomelessPrimary Address: XXXXXNW Fl 6City: WashingtonState: DCZipcode: NNN-NN-NNNNbr/>General Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Fax: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Intake Phone: (NNN) NNN-NNNNbr/>Counties Served: District Of ColumbiaCase Types: AIDS/HIV, Bankruptcy, Consumer, Domestic Violence, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigration, Individual Rights, Public Benefits, WillsCase Restrictions: Clients are homeless or at risk of homelessness.Web Site: http://www.legalclinic.org
A list of other legal aid providers in DC can be found here: http://www.lawhelp.org/DC/StateDirectory.cfm
If your income is too high to qualify for legal aid but you still can't afford to hire an attorney (which would cost in the neighborhood of $1000-$1500 to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy), there are also bankruptcy petition preparers online (or in your community) that will fill out the Chapter 7 paperwork for you for something like $200-$250. However, petition preparers won't be able to represent you in court or help you if any problems arise in your case, as they are not attorneys.
Finally, here's a link to what the D.C. Bankruptcy Court recommends that you do in order to find an attorney: http://www.dcb.uscourts.gov/dcb/pro-se-f
Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you.
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