“I was convicted of a crime 20 years ago and I still cannot secure a job or stable housing. I am just trying to turn my life around.”
“My family and I are living paycheck to paycheck and somebody started to garnish my wages. I didn’t even know that I was sued.”
“I have thousands of dollars’ worth of credit card and medical debt. How can I keep paying for a roof over my head?”
“I was diagnosed with a terminal illness and I need to make sure that everything is taken care of so my family doesn’t have to worry.”
“Social Security is telling me that I owe them $10,000 and reducing my benefits. How am I going to pay my bills?”
These are just some of the dire situations facing very-low-income King County residents who turn to the King County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) program. VLS provides direct legal assistance to those who would otherwise go without legal assistance when they need it most. VLS programs assist clients in debt defense, Chapter 7 bankruptcy cases, Social Security overpayment cases, estate planning, and vacating criminal record cases.
The combined efforts of our dedicated pro bono attorneys and staff members have proven significant, with 51 attorneys closing 133 cases in 2016 thus far. However, the current demand for VLS cases far exceeds the number of attorneys available to take on new matters. KCBA Pro Bono Services is actively seeking experienced lawyers to volunteer their time in committing to one to two cases annually, or to act as a mentor to other attorneys working on VLS cases.
If you are interested in volunteering to help VLS by taking cases or providing mentorship, our VLS staff attorney, Paige Hardy, is happy to answer any questions you might have about the program. She can be reached by email at PaigeH@KCBA.org or at 206-267-7025.
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