Bankruptcy Assistance Desk

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with the Chicago Bar Association and LAF, (f/k/a 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 generally be available to consult with customers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, beginning at 9:30 a.m., except for court holidays. The desk will open on Tuesday to make up for a court holiday falling on Monday.  It is always best to call 312-435-6032 and listen to the message to hear the dates the Desk is open for the current month.

You cannot make an appointment at the Desk. 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 be able to see between 8 and 10 people per day.

Arrive as early as possible or you may not be seen. Some visitors arrive as early as 8:00 a.m., and on very busy days, the sign-in sheet is full even before 9:30. If you are not in the room when your name is called, the next person in line will take your place. We apologize for the inconvenience, but our availability is limited, so you may have to come back another day to see the attorney

Rockford Bankruptcy Assistance Desk

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in conjunction with Prairie State Legal Services, Northern Illinois University School of Law, Rockford Career College and members of the Bankruptcy Bar of the Western Division has established a Bankruptcy Assistance Desk offering free legal advice from a licensed attorney to parties without lawyers who may wish to file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy petition. 

WHEN:              

Every Monday 
*Closed Federal holidays*
TIME: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM   (By appointment only)
LOCATION: Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse
327 South Church Street
Rockford, IL  61101

To schedule an appointment please request a form from the U.S. Bankruptcy Clerk’s Public Service Counter which is located on the first floor of the Rockford courthouse or call Prairie State Legal Services at 815-668-4402.