Annual auction raises funds for ABC


Access to Bankruptcy Court (ABC) hosted its annual charity networking and silent auction at the offices of Wolfson Bolton PLLC in Troy on Thursday, Oct. 18. Among those attending and lending their support were (left to right) Sandy Wexler, Cynthia Person, Alesia Dobbins, Lauren Rousseau, Jim Plemmons, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Marci McIvor, Anthony Kochis, Tracy Clark, Paul Hage, Karen Evangelista, Janet Ziulkowski, Andrea Cartwright, and Judy Calton.  Without the generous sponsorships and donations provided by the community during this event, ABC would not be able to continue in its efforts to help those living in poverty. ABC is a non-profit organization designed to help eligible area residents, who cannot afford an attorney, navigate through the complex bankruptcy system. ABC screens and assigns potential debtors to a panel of bankruptcy attorneys with experience and skill in handling personal bankruptcy cases. The attorney handles the bankruptcy case pro bono or receives a reduced flat fee after the debtor is discharged of his or her debts. ABC has also collaborated with Western Michigan University Cooley Law School to partner attorneys with WMU-Cooley students to handle bankruptcy cases under the program. The student receives training in Chapter 7 bankruptcy practice then meets with the attorney and the client and assists the attorney in preparing the case for filing and handling matters after the filing as needed to obtain a discharge for the client.

– Photo by John Meiu