Through this full-representation program, volunteer attorneys represent clients through completion of a bankruptcy case. We can only help people with Chapter 7 bankruptcies and you must be a resident of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Morris, Passaic, Sussex, or Union County. Our program begins with a free legal seminar about the bankruptcy process that is taught by an experienced bankruptcy attorney. The seminar is open everyone and is mandatory if you would like to apply for a free attorney.
At the end of the seminar, you can fill out an application to see if you qualify for a free lawyer. You will be asked questions about your income, finances, and other issues relating to whether bankruptcy is a good fit for you. Depending upon the number of applicants at the clinic, you may be at the clinic for 2-4 hours. If you are eligible, VLJ staff will tell you what paperwork you will need to gather before we can look for a volunteer attorney for you.
If you are struggling with your finances and would like to pre-register for the seminar, please call us at (973) 645-1955 during phone hours.