Pilot project helps with bankruptcies (Akron Beacon Journal)

More than 1,200 people from Summit, Stark, Portage and five other nearby counties asked Community Legal Aid for help last year to file bankruptcy.

The nonprofit could handle only 190 of those cases, leaving many who could benefit most from the legal protections with nowhere to turn unless they could scrape together about $1,500 for private legal fees.

But this week, Community Legal Aid — which helps poor and working-class people — is rolling out a pilot program with a tech upstart that could open a legal path for hundreds more here to file bankruptcy after a job loss, medical expenses, divorce or some other life crisis.

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Posted: January 22, 2018