A few days back I wrote an article about the dangers of hiring cheap bankruptcy attorneys. They are often unscrupulous, uneducated, and will cause you terrible problems. But some people, no matter how hard they try, will simply never be able to afford to hire a bankruptcy attorney. So what is a person to do when they are truly in need? Well, luckily there are a few options.
The first option is Legal Aid of West Michigan. This is a group that provides free legal services to people who could otherwise not afford it. They will assess your situation and determine whether or not they can help you. They have several excellent attorneys, but unfortunately not enough of them, so though you might need their help you may not be able to receive it.
If legal aide cannot help you, they will at least be able to refer you to other bankruptcy attorneys who can. Often, these attorneys will take a certain amount of cases pro bono (for free). Our office is one of those few that will do free cases from time to time. Of course we cannot take every case for free as we have to make a living, but you can always ask an attorney if they will, there is no harm in that.