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 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.
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, 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 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 FPL?
2017 Federal Poverty Levels
How Do I Get Assistance?
The WSBA Moderate Means Program is closed and not accepting new applications until 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 — due to the holidays. Check back here to apply with our online application.
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. If an attorney is available, the law student will provide you with the attorney's name and contact information. You are responsible for contacting the attorney. WSBA nor the law schools will schedule appointments for you and the attorney.
How Much Will the Attorney Charge?
There is no set amount for an attorney to charge. Attorneys have agreed to reduce their fees on a sliding scale and request an advanced deposit. Be sure to agree on charges prior to accepting their services. Written fee agreements are 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.