Everything you need to know about the new Upsolve Local

3,373 families filed bankruptcy using Upsolve.

Written by the Upsolve Team.  
Updated February 7, 2020

A nonprofit web app that helps you file bankruptcy for free.
  • We've helped over 2,000 families each clear on average $52,509 of debt.
  • Our users often file within 10 days of starting.
  • Our award winning nonprofit's help is 100% free.

Upsolve Local is a new product launched in January 2020. If you’re considering becoming a member of the Upsolve Local community of law firms and lawyers, keep reading to find out more. 

What is Upsolve?

Upsolve is a non-profit that provides a free self-service software tool for low-income Americans filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy without an attorney. In 2019, Upsolve helped 2,671 low-income individuals file for bankruptcy. That’s more than any nonprofit in the history of the United States. Upsolve aggressively screens users to ensure that only those individuals with the most straight-forward no-asset cases file using our product. Due to the limitations of our software, all others are advised to speak to a bankruptcy attorney in their area. 

Spun out of Harvard Law School in 2016, Upsolve has received a number of awards for its work, including the New York Times Good Tech Award (2018), Fast Company World Changing Idea of the Year in Social Justice (2019), and the American Bar Association Journal Top Web Tool (2018). 

Upsolve’s funders include the Legal Services Corporation, the New York Bar Foundation, the Illinois Lawyer’s Trust Fund, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, the Public Welfare Foundation, and the Morrison Foerster Foundation, among others.

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What is Upsolve Local?

Upsolve Local, launched in 2020, is a product that allows bankruptcy attorneys to be matched with high-intent consumers who want to file for bankruptcy. 

We recognize the important consumer bankruptcy attorneys play and know that not every Chapter 7 case should be filed without the assistance of counsel. Having the ability to connect individuals who aren’t a good fit for our free app to members of Upsolve Local allows us to assist - at least in a small way - the many visitors looking for help on our website. 

Upsolve realized early on that finding a way to generate earned revenue in addition to raising money from donations would enable faster growth and thus maximize our impact in helping low income individuals without the resources to pay for help. Having worked with LegalZoom in the past, we launched Upsolve Local to build direct relationships with bankruptcy lawyers nationwide. 

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How Upsolve Captures Leads for Attorneys

Over 5,000 people visit our site every day to learn more about how bankruptcy can help them get out of debt. Many of them don’t want to file their case without the help of an attorney and can afford to hire one for their case. So, anyone who visits our side can ask to be connected to a lawyer. 

Those interested in using our free online web app are required to complete a screener checking their income, level of debt, amount of assets, and a few other factors we use to screen out more complicated cases. Individuals who do not meet our eligibility requirements are able to opt in to being matched with an attorney in their area. 

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Why Upsolve Captures Leads for Attorneys

Upsolve believes attorneys are the best resource for folks that are not able to use Upsolve’s free app, including individuals looking to file Chapter 11 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy.  We also believe that hiring an attorney for assistance with a bankruptcy filing is a good investment for those who can afford to do so. 

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Why Use Upsolve to Capture Leads for your firm? 

Upsolve believes in providing quality information about the bankruptcy process on its website. This includes information well beyond what’s needed for a typical user’s case. As a result, our website gets more than 1 million site visitors per year, many of whom prefer having a lawyer help them. 

Upsolve can deliver high quality leads to consumer bankruptcy lawyers, giving them the opportunity to help more clients without having to spend money on figuring out how to be the top result in a Google search. We know just how much work that takes and we’d like members of Upsolve Local to be the beneficiary of some of this work. 

Finally, we can deliver high quality leads at an affordable price because we’re a nonprofit. We’re not in this to maximize profits for investors or ourselves. We’re in this to help as many families in need as possible while covering our costs to ensure we’re sustainable.

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Interested in Joining the Upsolve Local Community? 

You can sign up at local.upsolve.org! If you have questions or want to learn more, feel free to reach out to our CEO and Co-Founder Rohan Pavuluri by sending an email to rohan@upsolve.org

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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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