Creditors Who Have No Attorney

Bankruptcy Assistance Center (BAC) (free legal advice available at the Courthouse)

If you are indigent and need legal representation to pursue or defend against a proceeding within the bankruptcy case, you may be eligible for free representation upon application to the court. This program is available to debtors and non-debtor parties. Contact the Clerk’s Office for the form used to request free representation.

Examples of proceedings to which this program applies are:

  • an adversary proceeding brought against the debtor to determine dischargeability of a particular debt;
  • an adversary proceeding brought by the debtor to determine dischargeability of a student loan debt;
  • an adversary proceeding to deny the debtor a discharge or to revoke a discharge;
  • an adversary proceeding to recover a judgment against an individual, such as a bankruptcy trustee’s or a debtor’s complaint against someone for having allegedly received property from the debtor for inadequate consideration or for having received payment of a debt that gave the creditor preferential treatment in comparison to other creditors;
  • a motion by the debtor to avoid a lien that impairs the debtor’s exemptions;
  • an objection to the debtor’s objections;
  • a motion to hold a creditor in contempt for violating the automatic stay, co-debtor stay, or discharge injunction;
  • an adversary proceeding to enjoin someone from undertaking certain acts in the future.

This program does not include pursuing or defending against a motion for relief from the automatic stay.

  1. Application for Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel for Debtor in a Contested Matter
  2. Application for Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel for a Non-Debtor Party in a Contested Matter
  3. Application for Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel for Debtor in an Adversary Proceeding
  4. Application for Appointment of Pro Bono Counsel in Adversary Proceeding