Volunteers and support staff meet with pro se bankruptcy debtors at the federal courthouse help desk. Volunteers answer questions about bankruptcy in general and about the client’s case in particular, and help the client prepare or amend bankruptcy schedules, motions, and other forms. Volunteers are asked to work shifts of about three hours, at least once per quarter. We provide online training which is accessible at the volunteer's home or office. An experienced staff attorney is always available to answer questions and provide ongoing support to volunteers.
About the Organization
LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation) provides free civil legal services to individuals and families in Chicago and suburban Cook County who are unable to afford an attorney. Households with limited assets and income at or below 150% of the federal poverty line may qualify for free legal help.
We have higher income limits for homeowners at risk of foreclosure, seniors, veterans, people living with HIV-AIDS, and domestic violence survivors seeking protection from an abuser.