Keeping people in their homes—that’s the mission of Ainat Margalit, Senior Attorney in LAF’s Consumer Practice Group. Whether it’s through loan modification or bankruptcy, she works with homeowners at risk of foreclosure, using every tool at her disposal to protect their homes and keep their lights on—with payments they can afford.
Though she’s celebrated countless victories during her four years at LAF, the reality of economic insecurity doesn’t escape her. “We all have our failings and some of us have it in different ways, but I think most people aren’t aware of just how similar we all are. I don’t think you can do this work without feeling like—this could be me,” Ainat says.
According to surveys conducted by the Federal Reserve Board, 47% of Americans don’t have $400 to cover an emergency. So in the face of a serious illness, the loss of a loved one, divorce, or other life-altering events, many Americans could suddenly find themselves in poverty—and for homeowners, that often means facing foreclosure.
Hard-working attorneys like Ainat empower individuals to navigate a complex civil justice system, helping people facing hardship get back on their feet. “I have the ability to be a voice, and I want to use it for people that can’t afford to hire someone to be their voice.”
Legal aid is a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty and inequality. Support LAF’s fight by making your tax-deductible donation for 2016 at www.lafchicago.org.