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The Westmoreland Pro Bono Program was formed by the Westmoreland Bar Association and Westmoreland Bar Foundation to help Laurel Legal Services, Inc., provide the best legal representation to eligible clients in the county. Attorneys who participate in the Pro Bono Program volunteer their time and represent clients at no cost.
Since 1997, the Pro Bono Program has operated a Custody Program where attorneys represent income-qualified individuals in custody and visitation matters. The program has been very successful with 95% of the participating clients resolving their custody issues prior to or at the preliminary hearing.
The WBF developed a Reduced Fee Panel in 2000 to supplement the Pro Bono and Custody Support Programs. Attorneys agree to work at reduced fees for individuals who meet economic guidelines.
After being interviewed by the Pro Bono coordinator to determine eligibility, you will be given a scheduled appointment to meet with one of our volunteer attorneys to discuss your case.
These private attorneys are qualified, experienced and dedicated members of the Pennsylvania and Westmoreland Bar Associations who volunteer their time to work on your legal case. They will:
The attorney is donating the time necessary to resolve your legal problem. If certain costs, such as filing fees or other related expenses, are incurred in the course of effectively representing you, your attorney may ask you to pay for them.
Our volunteer attorneys are trained in areas such as:
The Pro Bono Program does not handle:
As a client, you have a responsibility to the attorney who has accepted your case and made a commitment to represent you. Please follow these suggestions:
Your attorney is providing a valuable service. Be sure to let your attorney know you recognize this and remember your responsibilities as a client.
At the end of your case you may receive a questionnaire. Fill it out and return it. This provides us with valuable feedback that will help us improve the program.
Be sure to thank your attorney for the help.
The Westmoreland Pro Bono Program is located at the Westmoreland County Courthouse, 2 North Main Street, Fourth Floor, Greensburg, PA 15601; Telephone: 724.837.5539.