Legal representation can come at a hefty price; often, a price that can ruin households. Now, Washingtonians having a tough time financially can get a hand with legal help.
On July 25th the Washington State Bar Association, in partnership with law schools at Gonzaga University, Seattle University and University of Washington, will launch its statewide legal assistance program.
The "Moderate Means Progam" will provide assistance to moderate-income households that cannot afford the usual cost of legal help.
“With so many people unable to afford legal assistance, programs like this provide great hope and meaningful access to justice where there was none, while enabling our judges to receive the information they need to make fair and just decisions,” said WA State Supreme Court Justice Steven González. “It’s gratifying that we have so many lawyers and law students committed to serving those without access to affordable legal help through the Moderate Means program. These legal professionals exemplify the promise of justice provided in our constitution.”
Nearly 30 percent of Washington’s population falls into the moderate-income category, which equates to a household income between $46,100 and $92,200 for a family of four. Within this population, 75 percent of households experience a single legal problem each year, with 38 percent experiencing four or more legal problems annually.