While I provide some pro bono assistance (but not exclusively), I don’t like providing most kinds of pro bono legal services. I know I’m not alone in feeling this way. Candidly, most pro bono clients in my experience ranked among the worst clients: least courteous and gracious, least cooperative and patient, least realistic, most entitled, and most demanding.
Now of course not all pro bono clients are hard to work with, but I’ve had consistently negative experience with pro bono clients. I like to provide pro bono assistance in the form of helping people find answers to questions and resources for helping themselves. Providing legal services is hard enough when I am paid to do it. I find that free legal representation is often taken for granted, which makes providing it all the more difficult and miserable.
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