BAPP for Clients
The Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program provides two types of services for clients.
The Pro Se Assistance Project Center
The Pro Se Assistance Project Center (“PAP Center”), staffed by volunteer bankruptcy attorneys and law students, provides free legal guidance through 20-minute consultations to individuals who are considering bankruptcy or who are representing themselves in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The PAP Center helps both debtors (people who owe money) and creditors (people who are owed money by someone in bankruptcy). Volunteers provide information about the bankruptcy process and provide limited case-specific advice, but they do not represent parties in court or file pleadings.
After meeting with volunteers in the PAP Center, a limited number of individuals may be provided with additional legal services by the BAPP. These additional legal services are discussed below.
The project is a collaboration between Georgia State Law’s Bankruptcy Assistance & Practice Program, the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and the W. Homer Drake Jr. Georgia Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. Note: the Pre Se Assistance Project is not affiliated with the bankruptcy court.
Representation in Bankruptcy Court
The second type of service offered by BAPP to a limited number of individuals is representation in Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings. Only a limited number of individuals will qualify for this additional service. We will determine whether you are potentially eligible for this additional service based on information obtained during your consultation at the PAP Center.
Dates and Hours of Operation
Richard B. Russell Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
9th Floor, Room 9A
75 Ted Turner Drive SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Lewis R. Morgan Federal Building
2nd Floor, Attorney Conference Room
18 Greenville St.
Newnan, GA 30263
Walk-ins are taken as time allows, but priority will generally be given to individuals who have scheduled an appointment. You can schedule an appointment by:
- completing a Request for Assistance Form* or
- by calling 678-208-7717. When calling, leave your name, number, email address, if available, and a brief description of your problem.
Complete the Request for Assistance Form>>
Note: Advice will not be given over the phone or by email.
What Volunteers at the PAP Center Do
- We provide limited legal advice and information on bankruptcy related issues and questions in the Northern District of Georgia.
- We answer questions about completing forms and preparing and filing court documents.
- We provide referrals and other resource information.
What Volunteers at the PAP Center Do Not Do
- We do not give advice on any non-bankruptcy related legal issues or cases.
- We do not complete forms on behalf of any debtor or creditor.
- We do not provide representation in court.
- We do not file pleadings on behalf of any party.
- We do not commit to an attorney-client relationship beyond the limited relationship that exists during the in-person consultation.