Pro Bono Requirements
How to Qualify for Pro Bono Legal Help
Sometimes you need legal help right away and you may not be able to afford it. There are legal agencies throughout the United States that have access to affordable lawyers who can help you with your case. Most legal aid cases deal with issues like housing, domestic violence, family law (such as custody cases), or public benefits (such as being denied Social Security).
Some legal assistance agencies also deal with immigration issues, consumer law, disability law, and other types of cases. Larger legal aid agencies may have entire departments devoted to one type of law or another. If your legal aid office gets funding from the government, they may be limited as to what types of cases they can handle.
How do you qualify for pro bono legal counsel? According to Findlaw.com, whether or not you qualify for pro bono legal counsel will depend on your health status, financial status, safety, location, and whether or not you have a criminal or civil issue to take care of.
An attorney at an aid agency may also be able to help you determine what kind of fees for which you are responsible and how to pay them. In some cases, you may be responsible for filing fees, mediation, witness fees, or appeal fees. Your aid attorney may be able to help you get those fees waived.
When you go to a law agency, you should know that the lawyers there are as qualified as lawyers at other firms. Everything you say to an attorney at an aid agency is confidential. Always tell your lawyer the truth about your issue.
You can also find pro bono legal counsel at law clinics usually associated with universities, your local bar association, or other public service agencies. If you find that your local legal agencies are unable to help you, reach out to your state assistance programs.
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