Obtaining Legal Advice in a Bankruptcy Case

A bankruptcy case is a legal proceeding that affects the rights of both debtors and creditors. Title 28 U.S.C. Section 955 prohibits any member of the Clerk's Office from giving advice which may be considered legal in nature. Canon 2f and Canon 3 of the Judiciary's Code of Conduct also prohibit this office from providing legal advice and further instruct the staff to remain impartial.

For Information on How to Obtain Legal Advice:

Eastern Massachusetts

Bar Association of Norfolk County Lawyer Referral: 617-471-9396
Barnstable County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: 508-362-2121
Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: 617-742-0625, 800-552-7046; email: lrs@bostonbar.org, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday – Thursday; 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Friday
Bristol County Bar Association: 508-990-1303, 800-647-5151
Essex County Bar Association: 978-741-7888
Massachusetts Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service: 617-654-0400, 866-627-7577
Plymouth County Bar Association, Inc. Lawyer Referral Service: 508-584-6600

For Information on about obtaining pro bono legal services:

Community Legal Aid
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association


Additional legal resources:

American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
National Consumer Law Center
Pro se Law Clerk, US Bankruptcy Court