Mr. Black spoke at the February 8, 2013 Houston Volunteer Lawyer Program – Consumer Pro Bono Under the Bankruptcy Code, along with several bankruptcy judges, trustees, and other prominent consumer bankruptcy lawyers. The purpose of the program was to train local volunteer attorneys to handle consumer bankruptcy cases for free, or pro bono publico. About 70 local attorneys attended the event.
Mr. Black has volunteered and done numerous pro bono or free bankruptcies over the years for low income Texans. For such work, he has received awards from the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, the Texas State Bar of Texas Bankruptcy Section, and the Houston Bar Association/Houston Bar Foundation.
If you are a very low income Texas that needs to file Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you may want to consider applying for a volunteer attorney to help you. For more information, go to the U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas website at : http://www.txs.uscourts.gov/bankruptcy/houvolunteer.htm or you can call 713-237-9429.
Frankly, it can take a while for your case to be assigned to a volunteer lawyer, as there is usually a waiting list. You also must provide proof of your eligibility for volunteer services. And while some of the volunteer lawyers are experienced bankruptcy attorneys like Mr. Black, some are volunteering to do a bankruptcy case - and it is their very first experience with filing a bankruptcy case.
If you need to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and have regular income, you probably do not qualify for a volunteer attorney, as there are many Chapter 13 attorneys that will agree to accept their attorney fees through your plan, out of the payments that you pay to your Chapter 13 Trustee. You may also have to provide the fiing fee and certain other costs to get a Chapter 13 case started.