Streamlining client education through bankruptcy clinics

When callers contact the LASP Helpline about bankruptcy protection, they may be invited to a bankruptcy clinic in Chester or Montgomery counties. Longtime staff attorney Leo Vasmanis noted, "It's a good way to see a lot of clients." He has utilized this time-efficient model for many years, Vasmanis said from LASP's West Chester office.
 
Staff attorney Erica Briant adopted the model for Montgomery County. For the past six months, Briant has conducted monthly bankruptcy clinics in Montgomery County for clients who don't have an urgent need such as a utility termination notice or eviction notice.
 
The clinics include about an hour of teaching clients about the legal process, timeline and requirements for bankruptcy protection, and answering questions that could affect multiple attendees. Then LASP attorneys meet individually with clients to address their individual situations.