How do you find a pro bono lawyer?


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The most direct way to find a pro bono lawyer is to contact a local law firm or your state’s bar association and asking if they have an attorney who is willing to do pro bono work. There are many legal websites dedicated to matching pro bono attorneys with clients.

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“Pro bono publico,” usually shortened to pro bono, is a Latin phrase meaning “for the public good.” A pro bono lawyer is an attorney willing to provide professional services without payment or at a reduced fee for clients in severe financial need.

With a little research a pro bono attorney should not be difficult to locate, but the potential client should also bear in mind that they will be expected to document appropriate financial need before a pro bono attorney is likely to accept the case.

Lawyers in the United States are recommended under the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Model Rule 6.1 to contribute at least fifty hours of pro bono service per year. This includes providing legal services without fee or expectation of fee to clients who do not have the means to hire services. They may also fulfill the responsibilities by donating services to organizations that specifically address the needs of the impoverished or to organizations seeking to secure or protect civil rights, civil liberties or public rights, among other charitable outlets.

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