Posted by Don Lassman
As a bankruptcy lawyer, I am honored to volunteer with JF&CS Bet Tzedek Legal Services. Most lawyers want to give back to the community, but it can be difficult to find a way to accomplish this goal. While there are many legal services organizations that serve disadvantaged people, it can be challenging to establish a meaningful connection to organizations and the people they assist. JF&CS Bet Tzedek provides the opportunity to make such connections and to make a real and lasting difference in the life of someone who is in severe financial distress.
Bankruptcy clients are typically at a very low point, feeling vulnerable and scared, emotionally drained, and harassed by creditors. Some are jobless and, for many, English is not their first language. Treating each client with dignity and respect and working closely with JF&CS case managers and other staff, I am able to carefully learn the specifics of their situations, prepare a bankruptcy filing, and successfully represent the client’s interest in bankruptcy court to achieve a fresh start. Many clients have struggles in addition to financial hardship; by leveraging other program areas at JF&CS, the client achieves a comprehensive solution with continued support before, during, and after bankruptcy proceedings.
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