Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project Information

The Need
Apart from our families and friends, few things are as meaningful to us as our homes. Our homes are where we raise our families, welcome our friends, and retreat at the end of the day. Our homes provide us with a sense of security. In today’s foreclosure crisis, thousands of Washington families are in danger of losing their homes. There are opportunities for Washington lawyers to help by volunteering for the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project.


 

A Call to Action and Service
The Washington State Bar Association partnered with the Northwest Justice Project to create the Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, a state-wide volunteer lawyer project that draws on the generosity and expertise of Washington lawyers to help keep families in their homes. Participating lawyers can access free online training. A panel of experienced lawyers volunteered to mentor and provide on-going support for less experienced lawyers. We have designed the project so that lawyers who want to volunteer can give a little or a lot of time. We want to make it as easy as possible for lawyers to be of service to their communities, and fulfill aspirational pro bono obligations. Lawyers are in a unique position to serve and make a difference.

 

The Results
We started recruiting lawyers in May 2009 and accepting clients in June 2009. Within the first year of the project, we have assisted over 400 families at risk of foreclosure. Thanks to a generous cy pres grant from the Washington State Attorney General, the project was extended for a second year, through May 2011.

 

How to Get Started
If you are a lawyer licensed in Washington and would like to get involved, please contact us at Public Service.

We recommend that you view the free online training and read the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information and guidance.

 

Questions?

Please contact WSBA at publicservice@wsba.org.

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Training and resource information for foreclosure prevention pro bono attorneys

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