by Adam Mack
For some people who are financially strapped, bankruptcy is too expensive even with the various payment options I can offer. One alternative that is available to some people (based on need) is Kansas Legal Services (KLS). This tremendous resource is based here in Topeka at 712 S. Kansas Ave, Suite 200, Topeka, KS 66603 and has eleven branches statewide. (They can be reached at 785-233-2068 or, outside of Topeka, at 1-800-723-6953.) Kansas Legal Services is a nonprofit corporation that helps Kansas citizens with a variety of legal needs, including bankruptcy.
Historically, Kansas Legal Services began as various community resources which began to pop up in the 1920’s with the encouragement of the American Bar Association. Attorneys recognized that equal protection under the law wasn’t available to those with limited resources who don’t have access to the courts. Three legal aid societies (in Wichita, Kansas City, and Topeka) were organized in the 1960’s and up through 1974 operated under the the authority and direction of the Office of Economic Opportunity, Office of Legal Services. In 1975, these legal aid societies were reorganized into the Legal Services Corporation and in 1977 were consolidated into the statewide Kansas Legal Services.
In addition to assisting with bankruptcy, Kansas Legal Services has several programs for both individuals and children. These include the Children’s Advocacy Resource Center (CARC), the Civil Legal Assistance Programs, help with finding employment, Free Legal Forms & Live Help, Mediation Services, Medical-Legal Partnerships, and various Programs for Seniors.
As a Kansas bankruptcy attorney, I take great pride and pleasure in assisting my clients with some of their toughest life-challenges. Not everyone can afford an attorney, however, and so I’m pleased to highlight resources such as Kansas Legal Services for those who are most in need. If you qualify for services through KLS, then great! If not, don’t give up. As I discussed elsewhere, if you really need to file there are many different payment options.
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