Bankruptcy Assistance Desk

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago Bar Association and the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, has established a Bankruptcy Assistance Desk offering free legal advice from a licensed attorney to parties without lawyers.

The Bankruptcy Assistance Desk is located on the 6th floor of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois.

The Bankruptcy Assistance desk will be moving to a three day a week schedule until further notice.

An attorney will be available to consult with customers Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. except for Federal Holidays. The desk will open either Tuesday or Thursday to make up for the court holiday.  Please call 312-435-6032 and listen to the message for more information.

No appointment is necessary, and you cannot make an appointment. To consult with the attorney, first go to the waiting room on the 6th floor (Room 625) to sign in. The attorney will meet with people on a first-come, first-served basis in the order they have signed in. The sign-in sheet fills quickly, and the attorney will only see those visitors who fit onto the sign-in sheet (generally ten people per day). Therefore, you should arrive as early as possible during the Assistance Desk hours to sign in or you will not be seen. Some visitors arrive as early as 9:00 a.m., and on very busy days, the sign-in sheet fills even before we begin seeing visitors at 9:30. We apologize for the inconvenience, but our availability is highly limited, so you may have to come back another day to be able to see the attorney.