When you are in more debt than you can handle, you might decide to explore your legal options to gain a fresh financial start by seeking debt relief using one of the legal options available. You might want to know exactly what options you have, how each option will affect you and what the process is like for each option. For some Illinois residents, finding out this information might be a little easier soon.
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois is making opinions available online through the Federal Digital System, which has thousands of opinions available. These opinions, which include some from bankruptcy courts, appellate courts and district courts, will be searchable by text. They will be made available for free. Opinions are uploaded each night.
Chief Judge Ruben Castillo says that this is an improvement to accessibility. Previously, these opinions were available for a fee, but the judge says that free access will help the public to understand the courts.
Reading through some of the cases dealing with bankruptcy might help you to understand your options to seek relief from your debts through legal options. In some cases, you might still have questions after going through the opinions in the database. Seeking the assistance of an Illinois bankruptcy professional might get you answers to the questions that remain after doing your own research on these sometimes complex matters. Once you understand the process, how each type of debt relief will affect you and how each option protects you, making the decision about how to proceed might be easier.
Source: WIFR.com, "Access Illinois Court Opinions for Free Online" No author given, Feb. 25, 2014