Lawrence County

Pro Bono and Reduced-Fee Referral Programs in Lawrence County

To volunteer for one of these programs, please contact Michelle DeBord, the managing attorney of the Lawrence County Office, at (724) 658-2677.

One hour of free service for the Elderly

Up to one (1) hour of pro bono advice and limited service in the following civil matters for indigent persons age 60 or older:

  • Divorce, custody, support and PFA issues
  • Landlord/Tenant and real estate law
  • Debtor/creditor, bankruptcy and consumer law
  • Estates, guardiansyhips, and adoptions
  • Civil litigation, personal injury, and contract disputes
  • Social Security, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, pensions and insurance issues
  • Employment issues

Free document preparation for the Elderly

Pro bono preparation of a will, living will or power of attorney for indigent persons age 60 or older, limited number of clients to private attorney per year.

Divorce Plaintiff

$20.00 for initial consultation; plus $120.00 retainer for representation in a divorce action for the first three hours; plus $40.00 per hour for ancillary issues and for making special arrangements to serve the Defendant.

Divorce Defendant

$20.00 for initial consultation; plus $120.00 retainer for first three hours of defending a divorce action; plus $40.00 per hours thereafter.

Representation at Support Conference, Exceptions Hearing or Contempt Hearing

Flat fee of $100.00

Custody

  • $20.00 for advice only; $20.00 for completion of the pro se forms (provided by Neighborhood Legal Services Association) to obtain custody conference
  • $40.00 for preparation of Application for Special Relief
  • $120.00 retainer for the first three hours, plus $40.00 per hour thereafter, for a limited appearance at a custody conference or for a limited appearance regarding an Application for Special Relief
  • $400.00 retainer for the first 10 hours, plus $40.00 per hour thereafter, for preparation for, and representation at, a custody trial. NLSA will provide with each referral a form Praecipe for Entry of Limited Appearance.

District Justice Civil or Landlord/Tenant Hearing

Flat fee of $80.00

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

$20.00 paid in advance for initial consultation. $400.00 paid in advance for representing the debtor (and perhaps a spouse) in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, plus court costs and $40.00 per hour as billed for adversarial actions.

Advice Only

$20.00 for up to one-half hour of advice in the following categories:

  • Divorce, custody, support and PFA issues
  • Landlord/tenant and real estate law
  • Debtor/creditor, bankruptcy, and consumer law
  • Estates, guardianships, and adoptions
  • Civil litigation, person injury, contract disputes
  • Social Security, workers compensation, unemployment compensation, pensions, and insurance issues
  • Employment issues

Social Security

Representation of SSI or OASDI on a contingency-fee basis.