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 Southeast Los Angeles 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.
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 Southeast Los Angeles County Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic is held alternately in our Compton and Norwalk offices. This clinic is available only to qualified residents of our service area, although residents from either area may make an appointment at either clinic.
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.