Affordable Legal Services
The Moderate Means Program connects clients who are middle-income earners with lawyers who offer legal assistance at a reduced cost. A participating lawyer will charge fees and may request an advance deposit, but at a lower rate.
Attorney hourly fees are about $200 on average. This program provides hourly legal-fee reductions of 25% to 75% for eligible clients.
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).
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
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.
If you believe you are eligible for this program services, for legal help. Applying online is the fastest way to process your request. If you can’t apply online or have trouble with the application, please call our toll free intake line at 855-741-6930.
A law student volunteer will call you within three to five business days.
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. 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.
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