How the WSBA Moderate Means Program Works

The Moderate Means Program connects middle-income earners with lawyers who offer legal assistance at a reduced cost.

A participating lawyer will charge fees and request an advance deposit. Be sure to agree on charges prior to accepting their services. Written fee agreements are highly encouraged.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the Moderate Means Program, you must be facing a family, housing, or consumer law issue and your household income must fall between 200%–400% of the federal poverty level (FPL).

What constitutes a family, consumer, or housing law issue?

Family Law — Separation or divorce, child custody or visitation, child support, personal safety due to family member, establish the biological father of a child, adoption and juvenile dependency matters

Consumer Law — Debt or debt collectors, problems with a payday lender, legal issue involving the purchase, financing or repair of a vehicle, legal issue regarding utilities (water, electricity, garbage), victim of unfair or deceptive sales practice, victim of identity theft and bankruptcy Chapters 7 and 13

Housing Law — Trouble with rental housing or a landlord, eviction, unfair denial of housing and repair issues

Is my household income between 200% and 400% of the federal poverty level?

Family Size

Federal Poverty Level

200% of FPL

250% of FPL

300% of FPL

400% of FPL

















































For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,180 for each additional person.


If you do not have an issue that fits within the areas listed above or your income is below 200% of the FPL, you will not qualify for this service.

Check out our Additional Legal Resources page for other resources available to low income individuals and those with different legal issues.

*Source: Calculations on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

To Apply

If you believe you are eligible for this program services, Applying online is the fastest way to process your request. If you cannot apply online, please leave a voicemail at 855-741-6930 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Our goal is for a law student volunteer to call you within 10 days after your application

The WSBA Moderate Means Program does not provide immediate assistance. It can take up to three weeks to place a case, and the program cannot guarantee a referral, particularly in some rural communities where attorney resources are limited. Other legal resources are available if you need immediate assistance.

The private lawyers participating in the Moderate Means Program are solely liable for their actions. Neither the Washington State Bar Association nor the law schools are responsible for the services you receive from the lawyer.

Additional Legal Resources

Additional Legal Resources

Moderate Means Client Next Steps

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