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Bankruptcy Guided Assistant

Provides guidance about filing for bankruptcy in Louisiana, particularly chapter 7 and chapter 13. This Guided Assistant tool can help you understand the most common types of bankruptcy. It can also help you determine which type of bankruptcy you might need to file. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.

Debt Collection Lawsuit Responses

Will ask questions of the user to help produce forms to file with the Court in order to respond to certain types of debt collection lawsuits including Answer, Exceptions, Affirmative Defenses, etc.

Louisiana Small Claims Court Information and Basic Forms

This information guide has a link to a computer program you can use to create some basic forms for small claims court in a Louisiana Justice of the Peace Court. The forms are only for small claims courts that are also Justice of the Peace Courts. The forms are not for small claims brought in a city court or other Louisiana state court.

Lousiana Expungement Eligibility

This app will help you determine whether or not you can get your criminal record expunged under Louisiana law. If you are likely eligible for an expungement, you will find resources for pro bono and private attorneys who can assist you.

Preparing Your Small Claims Case

See this brochure to learn more about small claims court and how to prepare for your case there.

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

Self Representation: How to Get Ready for Your Day in Court

See this brochure to find out more about what happens in the courtroom, how to behave, and more.

When you cannot afford to pay filing fees and court costs in advance- In Forma Pauper (IFP)

The law says an "individual who is unable to pay the costs of court because of his poverty and lack of means" may file without paying court costs. This is called filing in forma pauperis (IFP). It is important to know that filing the affidavit with the court does not automatically lead to IFP status.

You Should Know: About Your Day in Court

Tips about how to plan for your day in court, especially if you need to go alone without a lawyer.

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