Pro Bono Opportunity Guide

Represent Debtors in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Matters (Northern Illinois)

Volunteers meet with and advise debtors who are considering bankruptcy to address a denial of utility service or a utility shut-off, or who are subject to a wage garnishment. If the volunteer and debtor agree that bankruptcy is appropriate, the volunteer will represent the debtor in the Chapter 7 proceeding. The cases are almost all no asset cases; many of the debts being discharged are uninsured medical debts, utility bills, and credit cards on which much of the unpaid portion is interest. A bankruptcy can make a significant difference in the life a client and his or her family, allowing them a fresh start. Prairie State Legal Services serves 36 counties across Northern Illinois and has offices in twelve cities: Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, St. Charles, and Waukegan, and Wheaton. Clients may come from anywhere in the service area, including all six of the collar counties.

Persons with DisabilitiesWorkers & UnemployedBankruptcy & Debt

Prairie State is the only general civil legal aid program for 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, including all 6 of the collar counties. Our staff and volunteers work through 11 offices to protect the rights of low-income, disabled and elderly clients, veterans and victims of violence.

Type of engagement

Transactional

Time commitment

Approximately 4 to 10 hours per case

Training and support

  • Training Provided
  • Training Required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired Skills

Volunteers can increase their skills in bankruptcy law by working on our cases, with the assistance of a peer mentor.

Skills and resources required

Volunteers should have some familiarity with bankruptcy law. Access to Best Case or other bankruptcy software can be important.

Location

Rockford, IL

Represent Debtors in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Matters (Northern Illinois)

Volunteers meet with and advise debtors who are considering bankruptcy to address a denial of utility service or a utility shut-off, or who are subject to a wage garnishment. If the volunteer and debtor agree that bankruptcy is appropriate, the volunteer will represent the debtor in the Chapter 7 proceeding. The cases are almost all no asset cases; many of the debts being discharged are uninsured medical debts, utility bills, and credit cards on which much of the unpaid portion is interest. A bankruptcy can make a significant difference in the life a client and his or her family, allowing them a fresh start. Prairie State Legal Services serves 36 counties across Northern Illinois and has offices in twelve cities: Bloomington, Galesburg, Joliet, Kankakee, McHenry, Ottawa, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford, St. Charles, and Waukegan, and Wheaton. Clients may come from anywhere in the service area, including all six of the collar counties.

Persons with DisabilitiesWorkers & UnemployedBankruptcy & Debt

Prairie State is the only general civil legal aid program for 36 counties in northern and central Illinois, including all 6 of the collar counties. Our staff and volunteers work through 11 offices to protect the rights of low-income, disabled and elderly clients, veterans and victims of violence.

Type of engagement

Transactional

Time commitment

Approximately 4 to 10 hours per case

Training and support

  • Training Provided
  • Training Required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired Skills

Volunteers can increase their skills in bankruptcy law by working on our cases, with the assistance of a peer mentor.

Skills and resources required

Volunteers should have some familiarity with bankruptcy law. Access to Best Case or other bankruptcy software can be important.

Location

Rockford, IL