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Rohan Pavuluri

Rohan Pavuluri

CEO and Co-founder

Rohan Pavuluri is the CEO and Co-founder of Upsolve, one of America's leading resources helping low-income and working-class families overcome financial distress. He graduated from Harvard College in 2018 and was named to the TIME100 Next list in 2021. He is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council, a Board Director at the National Access to Justice Center housed at Fordham Law School, and a committee member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' Making Justice Accessible project. He has been recognized as Forbes 30 under 30 in the Law & Policy Category and a TED Fellow. He has been quoted in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, and several other publications for his work in bankruptcy and Access to Justice. He has also delivered talks at the 45th Anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation, Harvard University, and Stanford University. In 2019, Pavuluri and Upsolve were awarded the Robin Hood Foundation Heroes Award for "extraordinary contributions in the fight against poverty." Email: rohan@upsolve.org


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Articles written by Rohan Pavuluri

Why Is the Trustee Asking Creditors To File a Proof of Claim?

Written by Attorney Curtis Lee
Updated May 17, 2022

If your bankruptcy trustee is asking your creditors to file a proof of claim, it’s likely because the trustee discovered non-exempt assets in your case. Most Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases are no-asset cases. But if you have non-exempt property or assets, the trustee can liquidate or sell them. The funds from the sale are then used to repay your creditors at least part of what you owe. If a creditor wants to recover money through the liquidation process, they have to file paperwork called a proof of claim.

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How is Upsolve free?

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated April 8, 2022

Transparency is one of our nonprofit’s core values. That’s why it’s important to us that you know how Upsolve stays free, how we spend our money, and who owns Upsolve.

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What Is Chapter 7 Bankruptcy & Should I File?

Written by Kristin Turner, Harvard Law Grad, Rohan PavuluriLegally reviewed by Attorney Andrea Wimmer
Updated April 1, 2022

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is a common legal process to clear your debt, but it’s not right for everyone. Let’s take a look at some bankruptcy basics to help you learn about it and decide whether it's right for you.

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What Does It Mean That a Bankruptcy Is Public Record?

Written by Attorney John Coble, Your Upsolve TeamLegally reviewed by Attorney Andrea Wimmer
Updated March 21, 2022

Bankruptcy cases are processed through the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which is part of the federal court system. Like all other court documents, your bankruptcy petition becomes a public record. This means any member of the public can access the information on your bankruptcy forms either through PACER or by going to the courthouse.

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Mission Driven Companies in NYC

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated December 15, 2021

List of mission-driven tech companies in New York City.

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Should I Inform My Tax Preparer About My Bankruptcy Case?

Written by the Upsolve TeamLegally reviewed by Attorney Andrea Wimmer
Updated November 18, 2021

Yes, you should tell your tax preparer about your bankruptcy filing. Your bankruptcy trustee may need to give you special instructions that your tax prepare will need to follow if you're getting a refund check. You tax preparer will need to know about this before they file your return.

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What are our limits?

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated October 20, 2020

To determine if someone is a good fit for Upsolve, we ask hundreds of questions. If someone isn't a good fit for our free tool based on their answers, we let them know.

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Starting Social Enterprises in College: A Playbook

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated September 14, 2020

This guide aims to provide that tactical advice for college students, focusing on the really unique advantage we have of still being in school. This guide also has a social bent, as I had the chance to talk with countless social entrepreneurs during the course of writing it.

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What To Do If A Creditor Violates The Automatic Stay

Written by Attorney Andrea Wimmer
Updated September 3, 2020

The automatic stay goes into effect as soon as your bankruptcy petition has been filed with the court and a case-number assigned to your case. The automatic stay prohibits creditors from trying to collect a debt from you. Creditors and their attorneys know that the bankruptcy court can order them to pay sanctions to the bankruptcy filer if they violate the automatic stay.

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Why does Upsolve believe in earning revenue?

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated August 1, 2020

Earning revenue makes Upsolve a more sustainable, effective, and impactful nonprofit.

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Filing for Bankruptcy

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated July 22, 2020

Although filing for bankruptcy can be a difficult decision to make, it is also a solution that will release you from crippling debt. Learn everything you need to know here before you get started.

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Who Pays for Bankruptcies?

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated July 22, 2020

When individuals find themselves in debt, bankruptcy can be a solution that gives you a fresh start. But when someone files for bankruptcy, who pays for it? Learn more here.

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Legal Aid partnering with Upsolve

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated July 22, 2020

Screen individual who calls for the following ten criteria. If they pass, let them know they can go to Upsolve.org to produce their paperwork and file their forms. If you have attorney resources, you can let the individual know that after they’re done preparing their forms with Upsolve, they can come back to you to get the forms reviewed.

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Why you Should Consider Nontraditional Summer Opportunities

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated July 22, 2020

Optionality is a dangerous drug. The risk of closing down a door you’ll likely never walk through is the price of discovering something you love.

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How To File Bankruptcy for Free in Florida

Written by Rebecca Godbold ShiverLegally reviewed by Attorney Paige Hooper
Updated March 23, 2022

Filing for bankruptcy doesn’t have to be scary and confusing. We provide helpful tips and resources to help you file Chapter 7 bankruptcy in your state without a lawyer.

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Understanding Upsolve

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated January 20, 2022

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About Us

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated July 8, 2021

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La bancarrota del Capítulo 7: ¿Qué es? ¿Debo declararme en bancarrota? ¿Cómo lo hago?

Written by Rohan Pavuluri, Kristin Turner, Harvard Law GradLegally reviewed by Attorney Andrea Wimmer
Updated May 25, 2021

La bancarrota (conocida también como quiebra) del Capítulo 7 es un proceso legal común que puede eliminar tus deudas, pero no es necesariamente la mejor opción para todo el mundo. Vamos a revisar un poco de información básica sobre la bancarrota para ayudarte a aprender sobre ella y decidir si es lo mejor para ti.

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Upsolve Internal Policy on Not Providing Legal Advice for Employees

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated March 11, 2021

Transparency is one of our core values at Upsolve. That's why we're releasing our internal employee policy around no legal advice. We take this extremely seriously. Anyone who violates this policy can be terminated as an employee from Upsolve with cause.

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Why I Started Upsolve

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated September 29, 2020

We have all these amazing rights on paper that are supposed to protect people. But when people try to access these rights, they often can’t because they can’t afford lawyers and the forms are too hard to understand. I had no idea that if you’re evicted from your home, trapped in an abusive relationship, or suffering from debt and in need of bankruptcy, you have no right to a free lawyer in the civil legal system, no matter how little money you make. It made me very angry. And that's why I started Upsolve.

- Rohan Pavuluri, Upsolve CEO and Co-founder

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The New Upsolve Office

Written by Rohan Pavuluri
Updated October 13, 2019

It's been over a month since we settled into our new New York City office in Midtown, so I thought I'd share a bit about what makes it special. In the first couple years of building Upsolve, I never thought much about the importance of creating a nice physical space to work in, as there always seemed to be more important things to worry about. But now as we build our team, and I've realized that I spend more time at the office (a lot more!) than at home, we've set out to build a space that we really want to spend time at.

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Upsolve is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that started in 2016. Our mission is to help low-income families who cannot afford lawyers file bankruptcy for free, using an online web app. Spun out of Harvard Law School, our team includes lawyers, engineers, and judges. We have world-class funders that include the U.S. government, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and leading foundations. It's one of the greatest civil rights injustices of our time that low-income families can’t access their basic rights when they can’t afford to pay for help. Combining direct services and advocacy, we’re fighting this injustice.

To learn more, read why we started Upsolve in 2016, our reviews from past users, and our press coverage from places like the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.