Are there USA Grants for legal aid/help for people that are low income? If so, what are they called?

Asked over 1 year ago - Olympia, WA

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  1. Paula Brown Sinclair

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    Answered . No such grants exist. Legal services for low income people is partially funded by the federal government through the Legal Services Corporation. Opinion is unanimous that the legal resources provided through the funded legal aid programs is sufficient to satisfy only a small percentage of meritorious cases and deserving clients. Many programs must limit services to public benefits and housing cases.

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  2. C. C. Abbott

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    Answered . I agree with my colleague. There are two main forms of legal aid service agencies in the US. the LSC funded programs are known as restricted programs and provide legal services to poor populations who meet program priorities. There also exist not LSC funded programs that do not have such restrictions and they are usually funded by state IOTA funds or local pro bono agencies. Also many county or regional bar associations have pro bono programs for those that meet criteria such as financial need. You should conduct an Internet search to determine what legals errvice agencies or pro bono programs exist in your area. Good luck.

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  3. William D. Edelblute

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    Answered . You may want to contact the Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program, they have attorneys willing to take referrals on a sliding scale, for reduced rates, or even pro bono.
    You may want to try to contact Northwest Justice Project, or CLEAR to see if you can get a pro bono appointment.
    The funding for legal aid agencies from the Legal Foundation of Washington, from interest on lawyer's trust accounts has diminished, our local legal aid office has just announced a shortfall, so it might be tough but it can't hurt to ask.

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