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Commercial & Bankruptcy Law News


Posted on: Feb 24, 2016

By Whitney L. Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

The IndyBar’s Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section is excited to announce the implementation of a Modest Means program for personal bankruptcy debtors. The Modest Means Program is designed to provide low-cost legal assistance to Chapter 7 bankruptcy debtors who do not qualify for free legal services through the Bankruptcy Court's Pro Bono system but still cannot afford the traditional fees charged by bankruptcy attorneys. Although the Modest Means clients must pay legal fees, Modest Means attorneys will agree to charge a reduced rate for services provided to Chapter 7 debtors referred to them through the program.

The program is being developed in conjunction among the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the IndyBar Pro Bono Standing Committee. The Bankruptcy Court will be directing those who are overqualified for pro bono assistance to the IndyBar, who will then, in turn, refer them to bankruptcy Modest Means panelists. Volunteers must be members of the IndyBar but there is no fee to be a Modest Means panelist.

The program is aimed to launch in early March. If you are interested and want to learn more, please contact Caren Chopp at cchopp@indybar.org .  We look forward to hearing from those of you that are interested in serving as a Modest Means panelist! 

This post was written by Whitney L. Mosby, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Commercial & Bankruptcy Law Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at rbeachy@indybar.org.

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