Updated: Sept. 18, 2020

The WSBA Moderate Means Program does not provide immediate assistance 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 and limited license legal technicians (LLLTs) 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 or LLLT.

Am I Eligible?

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

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

Family Law — Separation or divorce, guardianship, 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 LawDebt, problems with a payday lender or debt collector, 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 or 13)

Housing LawTrouble with rental housing or a landlord, eviction, unfair denial of housing and repair issues

Unemployment Benefits

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

2020 Federal Poverty Levels

Family Size

200% of Federal Poverty Level

400% of Federal Poverty Level













*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

How Do I Get Assistance?

First determine if you are eligible for this program's 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.

Next Steps

Once you speak with a law student volunteer and you are deemed eligible for the program, the law student will try to place your case with an attorney or a LLLT. If a legal professional is available, the law student will provide you with their name and contact information. You are responsible for contacting the legal professional. WSBA and the law schools will not schedule appointments between you and the legal professional.

How Much Will the Attorney or LLLT Charge?

There is no set amount for an attorney or LLLT to charge. Both attorneys and LLLTs have agreed to reduce their fees on a sliding scale and request an advanced deposit. Be sure to agree on charges before accepting their services. Written fee agreements are always highly encouraged.

What if I Don't Qualify?

If you do not have an issue that fits within the areas listed above or your income is below 200% of the FPL, review our Find Legal Help page for additional resources.