Can’t afford to file for bankruptcy? A pilot program can help

Community Legal Aid — which helps poor and working-class people — is rolling out a pilot program with a tech upstart that could open a legal path for hundreds more here to file bankruptcy after a job loss, medical expenses, divorce or some other life crisis.

News Story (Ohio)

Amanda Garrett
Akron Beacon Journal
January 20, 2018

Tags: Bankruptcy, Technology

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (Central Northeast Ohio), Upsolve


A dorm room idea at Harvard University less than two years ago has turned into Upsolve, a nonprofit that created computer software that slashes the time it takes a law firm to help someone file for bankruptcy from about nine or 10 hours to 90 minutes.

“It’s bankruptcy in a box,” said Rohan Pavuluri, a 22-year-old Harvard senior who co-founded Upsolve with Jonathan Petts, a New York lawyer who provided free legal help on bankruptcies.

Through software, people filing for bankruptcy — instead of lawyers — can take care of about 80 percent of the legal work themselves using a computer or smartphone.