Partnership could ease bankruptcy process


While the Akron nonprofit is the only group in the state partnering with Upsolve for a one-year pilot program to help low-income clients facing bankruptcy, it joins several other legal aid groups doing so across the country.
News Story (Ohio)

Jeremy Nobile
Crain’s Cleveland Business
May 6, 2018
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Tags: Access to Justice, Bankruptcy, Technology

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


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The hope, said Community Legal Aid executive director Steven McGarrity, is that using Upsolve — which was designed by some Harvard University students and generally helps in the bankruptcy process by guiding people through more routine and procedural steps like filing paperwork — will free up attorneys to work with other clients and additional cases.

Legal aid groups always are faced with more requests for help than they can serve, and their federal funding has been targeted by the Trump administration for cuts the past two yearsthrough the suggested elimination of Legal Services Corp. Resources already are stretched thin.

Community Legal Aid gets more than 1,200 requests for bankruptcy support annually, McGarrity said, and “we just don’t have the staff to help all those.”