Modest Means Program

Are you interested in joining the Lawyer Referral and Information Service and providing family law assistance to clients with limited means?

Program Description

The Modest Means Program was established in 1993 by the Lawyer Referral and Information Service program and each year assists over 700 callers. The program is designed to assist clients who are having a Family Law dispute and are able to pay for legal services but have limited financial resources available.

Clients must meet specific income and asset guidelines. Clients are matched with attorneys who can assist them at substantially reduced attorney rates. Clients who meet the income and asset qualifications of the program will be referred to an attorney who will charge $150/hour and ask for a $1,500 retainer.

How the Program Works

When an LRIS Counselor receives a telephone call from a client and they are unable to hire an attorney at the regular attorney rates, clients are asked if they would like to hear about the Modest Means program. If a client is interested, the LRIS Counselor will pre-screen the client to see if they qualify and meet the program income and asset guidelines. If the client does meet the pre-screening eligibility, the client will be sent an application to complete and they will need to provide LRIS with three months of bank statements and three current pay stubs. Once completed and returned to LRIS, the client will be matched with an attorney.

If you're an attorney and wish to provide services to Modest Means clients, click here to download and review the Modest Means panel application. Please click here to review the program's Rules of Operation.