Facing a debt collection suit can be overwhelming, particularly if a debtor doesn’t fully understand his or her rights and has no legal representation. The BBA and Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) are working to change that by training attorneys to represent debtors in pro bono cases.
Last week, panelists Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) and Thomas Beauvais (Thomas Beauvais, Attorney at Law) walked the attendees through the following topics:
- What documents are necessary for the creditor/collector to meet their burden of proof
- What requests are necessary to seek these documents
- How to analyze the creditor/collector responses
- How to guide clients through the discovery process
- Filing Motions to Dismiss
Attorneys who attended the training are now prepped to volunteer for VLP’s Discovery Clinic, putting their learning into practice and providing an essential legal service to someone facing a difficult time.
Beyond the Billable reached out to Danielle to hear more about last week’s training. Here’s what she had to say:
What do you hope attendees learned from the training?
“I hope attendees learned some of the issues that parties litigate in collection cases, and the value a volunteer attorney can provide to a debtor-defendant in the discovery process.”
Why should attorneys volunteer for VLP’s Discovery Clinic?
“Attorneys should volunteer for VLP’s Discovery Clinic because it is a minimal time commitment (usually 1-2 hours), that provides a great benefit to debtor-defendants by assisting them in requesting the plaintiff’s information and documents, ensuring they do not default for failing to answer requests, and explaining their obligations in answering discovery.”