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Legal Aid partnering with Upsolve

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In a Nutshell

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.

Written by Rohan Pavuluri.  
Updated July 22, 2020


Screen individuals you serve 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.

See how Upsolve works here.

Upsolve Screening Criteria

1. Comfortable using a computer

2. Not a joint bankruptcy filing

3. Under the median income for household size in your state

4. Over $10,000 in dischargeable debt (credit cards, medical bills, payday loans, etc.)

5. Under $10,000 in total assets

6. Not a homeowner, no mortgages, and no other real estate

7. No pending personal injury lawsuit

8. If required to file 2018 tax returns, must have filed them

9. No bankruptcy filing in the last 8 years

10. Does not intend to try erasing student debt, child support debt, spousal support, or debt from a DUI



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Rohan Pavuluri

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Rohan Pavuluri is the CEO and Co-founder of Upsolve, the largest bankruptcy nonprofit in America. He graduated from Harvard College in 2018. He is also a member of the Legal Services Corporation’s Emerging Leaders Council, a Board Director at the National Access to Justice Center... read more about Rohan Pavuluri

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