Where We Fit In

By Rohan Pavuluri

At Upsolve, our friends often ask us the same questions: “Isn’t bankruptcy pretty complicated? Doesn’t it help to have a lawyer?” Our answers never change. Yes.

Ten times out of ten, Jonathan and I would prefer to live in a world in which every low-income American had access to a free lawyer whenever they needed help.

It’s an unfortunate reality, however, that this is not the case — and it never will be. There will always be more people who seek a free legal aid lawyer to help them than there are legal aid lawyers available. Today, legal aid turns down 4 out of 5 Americans.

So legal aid clinics have barely any resources to actively look for people they can help. As we’ve said before, this is a problem because at least ten times more people would benefit from bankruptcy than those who file.

This is where we fit in.

We’re helping the low-income American who gets turned down every Monday morning when she calls her legal aid clinic to get bankruptcy help.

We also aim to help the 10 million Americans who would benefit from bankruptcy but don’t even try to go through the process because they don’t know it can help them.