Once an applicant’s legal matter has been assessed in our intake process, the advising attorney may recommend a clinic appointment. Clinics are a group setting where eligible clients are instructed on or assisted with paperwork and given legal advice about their individual legal matter. Appointments to clinics are best suited for less complex legal matters.
The Orange County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic provides assistance to bankruptcy filers in two steps. During the first step, clinic attendees are taught about the bankruptcy process in a group setting and also meet with an attorney one-on-one. The attorney will answer questions and provide specific legal advice based on information presented during the intake interview. The client may also ask questions to the attorney at this time. In the group setting, the attorney will provide general instruction on how to fill out the bankruptcy petition, steps to file, and provide a blank copy of the petition for attendees to fill out at home.
Alternatively, computer-savvy clients may opt to begin their bankruptcy petition online using Legal Genie. Clients interested in using this option may receive assistance in our computer lab on the day of their scheduled clinic. Orange County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic clients must use this option in our office to print the forms for free. Those who are interested in utilizing our computer lab during the clinic must bring all of the required documents on the day of the clinic.
The second step of the process entails a review by the attorney of the client’s paperwork. Once a clinic attendee has finished filling out the paper petitions at home, he or she may call the clinic staff to arrange a one-on-one follow up appointment with the attorney. During the follow-up appointment, the attorney will review the petition for correctness. After this meeting, the client should be prepared to file the bankruptcy petition with the court.
The Orange County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic is held in our Santa Ana office and is available to all qualified residents of Orange County. Those living in South Orange County may be offered a clinic at a separate location in Irvine, subject to availability. Irvine clinics are held once a month and are reserved for qualified South Orange County residents only.
This clinic is pro per, meaning that clients represent themselves in court. The bankruptcy attorney will not represent you in court. If you would like to seek representation in the bankruptcy court, contact our Lawyer Referral Service.
- Chapter 7 bankruptcy clinics are held several times a month at the Santa Ana office and once a month in Southeast Los Angeles County, alternating between our Norwalk and Compton offices. In order to be scheduled for a bankruptcy clinic, clients must first call the Hotline to determine if they are eligible to be placed in the clinic. If you are considering filing bankruptcy, you should make a list of all of your creditors and debts prior to calling the Hotline. Once you are determined to be eligible to participate in the Clinic, you will be contacted and given an appointment for the next available clinic.