Bankruptcy By-Pass Program

The Bankruptcy By-Pass Program provides pro bono legal assistance to individuals, the majority of whom are low-income senior citizens, in resolving debtor-creditor matters in which bankruptcy filing is not an option.

Both programs are partnership efforts with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, which handles program intake and referrals.
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Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project

The Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project provides training and support to volunteer lawyers, who in turn provide pro bono legal representation to qualified, income-eligible individuals going through personal bankruptcy.

The CMBA works closely with Legal Aid on these programs, specifically helping with volunteer recruitment. Click below to learn more about volunteering.

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The Bankruptcy By-Pass Program and Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project are programs of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. 

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.