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Obtaining Assistance from the Pro Se Law Clerk

If you do not have an attorney, and you are filing or involved in a bankruptcy case in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York, you may get information in person about the bankruptcy process and filing requirements from the Pro Se Law Clerk’s Office.

You may be able to get help with questions like:

  • What are the different bankruptcy chapters?
  • What forms and schedules do I need to complete?
  • What is the means test?
  • How does the filing process work?
  • How much does it cost to file, and what are
    the payment options?
  • What is a 341 meeting?
  • What is a discharge?
  • Do I qualify for legal assistance?

Legal advice cannot be provided. Examples of legal advice can be found here. Should you need representation, referrals can be made to a Legal Services Provider or to a Bar Association Legal Referral Service. Bankruptcy has long-term financial consequences, and it is strongly recommended that you be represented by an attorney.

The Pro Se Law Clerk may answer questions about bankruptcy forms, schedules and procedure, but CANNOT prepare your petition or forms for you. The Pro Se Law Clerk is employed by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and can only provide administrative and procedural information to self-represented litigants.

Pro Se Law Clerk
Brooklyn Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of New York
271-C Cadman Plaza East, Room 1591
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201-1800
Phone: (347) 394-1700


Pro Se Law Clerk
Central Islip Office Hours

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


United States Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of New York
Long Island Federal Court House
290 Federal Plaza
Central Islip, NY 11722
Phone: (631) 712-6200

NOTE: Please call before visiting the Pro Se Law Clerk as hours and location are subject to change. You may reach the Pro Se Law Clerk at (347) 394-1738. We are happy to try to answer your questions by phone when possible.