Pro Bono Attorneys
If you need an attorney but cannot afford to pay expensive lawyer fees, a pro bono attorney can represent you free of charge or at a greatly reduced cost. Many pro bono lawyers want to make sure that low-income or otherwise disadvantaged clients can get access to quality representation in the legal system.
Different pro bono attorneys specialize in specific types of law, such as bankruptcy law or personal injury law. Some may help you win an award or settlement in a civil suit, while others provide legal representation to help you avoid penalties.
Most pro bono legal services are dedicated to low-income people, but other groups can also obtain pro bono services. Pro bono clients can include domestic violence victims, veterans, children, elderly people and people with disabilities.
Some pro bono attorneys volunteer to offer pro bono legal services as a kind of charity work. Others provide legal aid, meaning they work for a non-profit organization that pays them to provide free or low-cost representation.
While it is different from pro bono work, some lawyers work on a contingency basis. Clients do not have to pay these lawyers out of pocket. Instead, the lawyer take a portion of the award or settlement money if he or she wins the clients’ case.
Here are a few types of pro bono lawyers:
Bankruptcy lawyers: Bankruptcy lawyers can help you if you are unable to pay your debts. The problem is, if you can’t pay your debts, you probably can’t pay a lawyer to help you with bankruptcy proceedings. This is why pro bono bankruptcy lawyers can be a huge help for people struggling with debt.
Personal Injury lawyers: If you or a loved one has been harmed due to someone else’s negligence, consult a pro bono personal injury lawyer. If you don’t meet the income requirements to get a pro bono personal injury lawyer, you can probably find one who works on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if they win your case.
Wrongful Death lawyers: A pro bono wrongful death lawyer can help you win an award or settlement if a loved one died because of someone else’s neglect.
Workers’ Comp Lawyers: If you became sick or injured through your work but your employer refuses to pay you workers’ compensation, consider finding a pro bono workers’ comp lawyer. A workers’ comp lawyer will argue on your behalf to get you the compensation you deserve.
Medical Malpractice lawyers: Pro bono medical malpractice lawyers can help if you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical practitioner.
Car Accident lawyers: Pro bono car accident lawyers are similar to personal injury lawyers. They will usually represent you against an insurance company to make sure the insurance company pays you for any damage or injury caused by an insured driver.
Veterans lawyers: Many pro bono attorneys help veterans with all kinds of legal services. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) maintains lists of free veterans legal clinics.