Bankruptcy & Debt

work-2005640_1920Consumer Bankruptcy

Volunteer Lawyers Project handles consumer bankruptcies (Chapter 7 only) and also advises clients on whether they should file for bankruptcy.

Buffalo ranks as the third-poorest city in the nation. Many of our residents need assistance in getting their financial matters in order. We see many individuals and families who are in need of a fresh start, facing the loss of their homes or garnishment of an already insufficient income. Our bankruptcy volunteer attorneys do an outstanding job representing our clients in bankruptcy proceedings to protect their property and income.

Potential clients should telephone our office to set up an appointment. Initial review of your case will occur over the telephone, and will include financial eligibility screening (VLP assists low-income clients). Clients are not seen without an appointment. Please call (716) 847-0662 ext. 324 and leave your name, number and a brief message containing your legal concern.

Debt Collection Defense

The Western New York Law Center’s Civil Legal Advice and Resource Office (CLARO) hosts weekly limited advice and counsel sessions, structured as a free walk-in clinic. The aim of CLARO Buffalo is to educate unrepresented debtors regarding their rights as consumers and to help them through the legal process.

CLARO clinics are offered Tuesdays from 5:00pm–7:00pm at the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers HOPE Center:
BFNC Hope Center
45 Jewett Ave., Ste. 250
Buffalo, NY  14214

CLARO clinics are offered Fridays from 10:00am–12:00om in Part 15 of Buffalo City Court:
City Court Building
50 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, NY  14202

Please see the CLARO website for updates and closings.