Legal Aid

by Anna

How would I be able to qualify for legal aid? I received a summons from my county stating I have a court date for a past due medical bill. Its a little over 2000 dollars. I have been out of work since 2008 and I'm currently in my 3rd trimester of my first pregnancy and am unable to find work. The summons states I will be responsible for reasonable attorney fees plus costs of this proceeding. I have no income and my husband doesn't make much himself. Would I qualify for legal aid to be able to get this taken care of? I am willing to pay them back but it would only be a small amount at a time. I do remember receiving a few calls from a collection agency and agreed to pay like 10 dollars a month. And then nothing after that. Well I was unable to make even those payments and all of a sudden I get this court summons. Any help would be appreciated! I'm trying to avoid bankruptcy as I'm only 26 and I am going to have a baby soon but it might be best for my situation.

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Apr 26, 2012
Legal Aid

If you want help from Legal Aid you should contact the Legal Aid office closest to you to find out if you qualify for its services. You should know however that even if you do, the office may not be able to assist you because funding cutbacks have meant that Legal Aid has fewer attorneys so the offices cannot help everyone who needs their services.

Given your circumstances, bankruptcy is definitely something you should explore. I realize that you are worried that filing will damage your credit histories, but your credit is already badly damaged by the fact that you have past due debt and you are now being sued for the money. Filing for bankruptcy is not going to do all that much additional harm. Plus, when you file, the lawsuit against you will halt and because your income is so low, you will probably qualify for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which will wipe out the debt and give you a fresh start on life. Therefore, I strongly recommend that you schedule a FREE initial evaluation with a bankruptcy attorney right away. You should also read this how to file for bankruptcyfor more information on the bankruptcy process.

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