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.

An attorney will be available to consult with customers daily, Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m., except federal holidays and other days when the courthouse is closed. (These hours are subject to change if the attorney has a conflicting professional obligation.)

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.