Ask-a-Lawyer: Bankruptcy help available Saturday


Consumers who are considering filing bankruptcy and have questions concerning their specific situation can receive free legal advice at Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada’s upcoming Ask-A-Lawyer bankruptcy clinic. The program will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 800 S. 8th St. in Las Vegas.

“Our Ask-A-Lawyer bankruptcy clinic is designed to help people sort through the implications of filing,” said Barbara Buckley, executive director of Legal Aid Center. “For example, many folks don’t understand the difference between a Chapter 7 or a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and what it will mean for them long-term.”

According to Buckley, the organization also sponsors Ask-A-Lawyer clinics for family law and landlord/tenant issues, which have had enormous turn-out. As with other clinics offered by the organization, the one day bankruptcy clinic will be staffed by Legal Aid Center and pro bono attorneys from the community.

“Southern Nevada currently leads the nation in bankruptcy filings, so we felt it was important to create an Ask-A-Lawyer program to help people determine the right course of action for themselves,” she said. “Taking 15 minutes with an attorney can set people on the right path and avoid many common mistakes.”

The Ask-A-Lawyer bankruptcy clinic is the newest addition to a array of services that Legal Aid Center has in place to help those in financial crisis. Under its Consumer Rights Project, low-income residents can obtain legal assistance with bankruptcy, foreclosure, predatory lending, car loan fraud, debt collection and many other areas of consumer law.

For more details about the Ask-A-Lawyer bankruptcy clinic, go to Legal Aid Center’s website at www.lacsn.org or call (702) 868-1131 to register.