COMING SUMMER 2016
At TheLawWorks, we believe that COMMUNITY LAWYERING means affordable legal advice and representation should be available to every member of the community. Our mission is to be that place where you can come to obtain a low cost consultation or hire an attorney based on your income level and the needs of your family or small business.
WHAT THIS MEANS TO YOU
Beginning this summer, a group of dedicated and knowledgeable attorneys will begin offering consultations on legal issues affecting residents and businesses in our twenty rural counties. The cost for the consultation is a one-time $40 administrative fee. This fee covers the expenses our nonprofit organization incurs in providing this service and is not refundable. Remember though, the consultation with the attorney is absolutely free.
HOW IT WILL WORK?
Appointments will be available through our TheLawWorks website scheduler beginning July XX, 2016. Prior to your appointment, you will be required to complete both the Matter Information Form and the Income Information Form and pay the processing fee.You can expect to spend at least 30 minutes discussing your case with your attorney so have all of your documents and information available. Use the free consultation time to find out about your legal options and discuss the cost of going forward – either on your own or with the services of an attorney. If you choose to hire the attorney to take further action on your behalf AND if the attorney agrees to take you on as a client, the two of you will probably finalize the terms during this consultation. Be sure to ask the lawyer about structuring a flat fee or payment plan for what we call unbundled legal services.
You may need to travel a bit to meet personally with your attorney because our twenty county area is larger than the state of Ohio and some of you live very far away from any attorneys. In fact, as we begin operations, we may not have the most appropriate attorney for your matter close to your home. Don’t worry. You and the attorney we select for you can still connect and both of you can avoid long drives by arranging for a convenient telephone call or a live-web consult.
For those of you who qualify for our MODEST MEANS PROGRAM, the income information we collect will determine what hourly fee category applies to your circumstances. Fees in this program will range from as low as $50 per hour to as high as $200 per hour. If you fall into the income bracket that traditionally qualifies for free legal services, we will do our best to get you to the appropriate legal services agency. If your income is above our MODEST MEANS levels, we will still connect you to an attorney who can give you the advice and information you need. Remember, our mission is to make sure that getting competent legal advice is within the reach of everyone.