Self-Help Program

The self-help program is a free service for individuals considering filing for bankruptcy or who have recently filed a chapter 7 or chapter 13 bankruptcy case. You will be able to meet privately with a volunteer attorney.To participate in the Court’s self-help program, select the “Sign Up Now”  link below. You will first fill out a confidential financial status questionnaire. It is important to complete the questionnaire so that the volunteer attorney can provide you with an initial assessment of your circumstances.  

We also recommend you view the educational bankruptcy videos that provide important information about the bankruptcy process and your responsibilities as a debtor . The estimated time commitment prior to the private meeting with an attorney is approximately one hour (30 minutes to complete the questionnaire, 30 minutes to view the bankruptcy videos).

A meeting with an attorney is by appointment only and will be held in the Wilkes-Barre or Harrisburg courthouse locations, or by telephone.  You can ask questions about the bankruptcy process and your personal situation. The volunteer attorney may be able to tell you possible problems you could encounter or whether you may qualify for low cost or free legal assistance.

Filing bankruptcy has serious consequences and may not be the best choice for you.   Only you can decide what is best for you. 

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