Program enables poor to more easily file for bankruptcy

Financial protection could reach more people with program that combines free online technology and training.

News Story (Maine)

Edward D. Murphy
Portland Press Herald (Maine)
January 17, 2018

Tags: Bankruptcy

Organizations mentioned/involved: Upsolve, Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), Pine Tree Legal Assistance (PTLA) (Maine)


A new program coming to Maine aims to help low-income people file for bankruptcy and gain a fresh start financially.

The program, called Upsolve, uses an online service to help people gather the information needed to prepare documents for bankruptcy filings, followed by a few hours with a bankruptcy lawyer to review the documents and get the filer ready for a bankruptcy court appearance. Then the filer can submit the documents and start the process of trying to relieve his or her debt burdens.