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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

How is Upsolve free?

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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Chapter 7 bankruptcy: What is it? Should I file? How to file?

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 are our limits?

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

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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Why Is The Trustee Asking Creditors To File A Proof Of Claim?

If the trustee discovers an asset during your bankruptcy filing, a creditor must file paperwork before they can get paid. Any creditor who wants to be paid from bankruptcy funds must file a claim by the specified deadline. That paperwork is called the “proof of claim.”

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What To Do If A Creditor Violates The Automatic Stay

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?

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

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Filing for Bankruptcy

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?

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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What does it mean that a bankruptcy is public record?

Anything that you and I can get access to either through a court or another government entity without first getting authorization to do so is considered “public record.” This article will explore what kinds of records a bankruptcy filing goes into and what it means for you.

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Legal Aid partnering with Upsolve

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

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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Should I inform my tax preparer about my bankruptcy case

Yes. If you find out that you are owed a refund there may be special instructions provided by your trustee that you will need to follow regarding your refund check that your tax preparer must know before filing your returns.

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Mission Driven Companies in NYC

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

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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.


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