How much do Attorneys
The fee will be determined by the lawyer based on your
legal matter and what you are able to afford. There are
various types of fee arrangements that are possible. You
will have to discuss fees and agree on payment options
at the initial consultation. You may want to ask for a
written explanation of the fees and payment structure
you agreed on.
We will only refer you to a lawyer on the Modest Means
panel if we believe, based on the documentation you provide,
that you are willing and able to pay something for the
lawyer’s legal services. Attorneys through the Modest
Means Program are not free.
How are the lawyers chosen
for individual cases?
We keep a list of lawyers who have agreed to reduce
what they charge for prescreened referrals through this
Modest Means Program. We attempt to find a lawyer
in as convenient a location for you as possible.
Do I have to hire the lawyer
to whom I am referred?
You are not obligated to hire the lawyer you are referred
to, and the lawyer is also not required to take your case.
Is there a charge for a referral?
The State Bar may not charge you a fee for the referral
service; however, the lawyer may charge a fee for
the initial consultation.
What types of cases are accepted
on a reduced fee basis?
The Modest Means Program refers cases in the following
areas of practice:
Insurance Policy Disputes
Power of Attorney
Cohabital Property Division
Termination of Parental Rights
What types of cases are not
eligible for a modest means referral?
Generally, any case that may result in you suing for
a monetary award or damages is not eligible for a reduced
fee referral (personal
injury, medical malpractice, etc).
Personal injuries can occur
in a wide range of accidents; however leading causes of
personal injuries can be attributed to: