Low Cost Or No Cost Bankruptcy Representation: Illegal Under The 2005 Bankruptcy Act? NO!

09 Oct Low Cost Or No Cost Bankruptcy Representation: Illegal Under The 2005 Bankruptcy Act? NO!

My review of bankruptcy information websites revealed that many folks have been misled about some of the changes in the 2005 Bankruptcy Act. Apparently, there is a rumor that lawyers must charge for the service they provide and can not provide pro bono (volunteer) representation. This is completely untrue. There are many lawyers who provide low cost or no cost legal representation for low income debtors every day. Other lawyers volunteer their time in bankruptcy clinics supported by law schools or legal aid organizations. Most of the attorneys I have worked with over the last two years have taken on several clients per year where absolutely no fee was charged due to the desparate circumstances in the client’s life.

Whether a lawyer charges a high fee or a low fee or no fee is between him and his client. The only time the Court gets involved is if the Court feels that the fee is excessive for the type of case.

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I'm a consumer protection lawyer in Oregon, working with people in Klamath; Lake; Jackson; Josephine; Curry; and Deschutes County. I speak regularly on bankruptcy and consumer protection issues nationwide.
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