Glenn’s life is a winding road of unexpected turns, beautiful views, and occasional accidents. He was in The Homebrew Computer Club, which fostered the brilliant minds of individuals such as Steve Jobs and Gordon French. He is now a veteran who fell through the cracks of social welfare policies and reintegration projects. As late age approached Glenn began to suffer from memory loss which led to him stockpiling several debts.

His hardships were no excuse for him not to give back to his community. Trey, a member of The Salvation Army, referred Glenn to Open Door Legal, where he volunteered at the front desk. One day, Glenn confided in our staff that he had been living out of his car on a small retirement check, which was now being seized by his creditors. He was scared the government would take away the few assets he had left.

Our attorneys, however, did not hesitate to help. Virginia Taylor, Director of Legal Services, took on the case and recommended to Glenn he file for personal bankruptcy to obtain relief from his debts. He agreed to the recommendation and started compiling all the documents necessary for the process to be completed.

The process for compiling the necessary paperwork for bankruptcy was especially difficult for Glenn. He could not adequately remember all his debts; every other week he would remember and bring in additional documentation. After he completed the pre-bankruptcy counseling, he lost the password he had made and the counseling service did not have a password recovery feature, forcing Glenn to complete the counseling all over.

The process also included an interview with a trustee, during which Glenn’s creditors had the to right to be present and question his accountability. None of his creditors appeared, and Glenn performed exceptionally well during the meeting. The trustee ordered all of Glenn’s debts to be discharged, except his student loan – which was a considerably small portion of the total amount originally owed.

Glenn is relieved to know the government won’t take away his car or his tax refund. He is also grateful for Open Door Legal and often comes to visit the office to see the faces of those who care about him. Glenn is now stably housed in a safe place in San Francisco. 


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July 10, 2015