1) First, low-cost or pro bono attorneys don’t really exist.
But you should know that there are at least two long-established offices I know of that provide legal services to the poor, and that only provide legal services to the poor. They are not for everyone, they are for the poor. If the amount of money you make is above their cut off point, you cannot qualify for their reduced cost or free services. The names of these offices are:
Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake
Utah Legal Services
(other non-profit or not-for-profit low-cost legal divorce and family law and domestic violence legal services offices pop up from time to time, but they often go out of business because they can’t afford to stay open. Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake Utah Legal Services, however, have stood the test of time)
So if you are poverty-stricken and in need of the kind of legal services these offices provide, it’s good to know of these resources. But remember that these are basic resources. I imagine that those who operate and manage Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake and Utah Legal Services would be the first to tell you that the breadth and quality of their legal services are not the same as those provided by for-profit law firms.
Again, by way of analogy, a soup kitchen or a food pantry is better than nothing (and more than appreciated when you are hungry), but they aren’t five-star restaurants, they’re not intended to be, and they never will be. So it’s silly to be “disappointed” when non-profit services don’t match the quality of for-profit law firms. If you qualify for these kinds of legal services, be grateful. The people that work at these offices are doing you a favor. So don’t act entitled, if and when you should find yourself utilizing the services. Understand they cannot be all things to all people.
2) If you can find a low-cost or pro bono attorney, there’s a reason why they are low-cost or pro bono.
A potentially better idea
Find a way to trade something of value, if you don’t have money. That’s a far better solution than looking for some lawyers cheap or free. Cheap and free services are, nine times out of ten, crappy services. Legal services are no exception.
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