Places that Help: Washington
Updated: November 13, 2023
If you are a victim of abuse, you may want to ask the Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service whether or not they screen for lawyers who are experienced in handling domestic violence cases. For a suggested list of questions to ask regarding the lawyer’s fees and experience when interviewing an attorney, go to our Choosing and Working with a Lawyer page.
Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program
The Moderate Means Program connects eligible clients who are middle-income earners with lawyers who offer legal assistance at a reduced cost for issues related to family, housing, consumer, and unemployment law. The lawyer will charge fees on a sliding scale based on the client’s income and may request an advance deposit. This program is not able to handle urgent legal needs as the intake and referral process takes time. Apply for services by calling or by completing the online application on the website.
Clark County Bar Association
904 Esther Street, Suite A
Vancouver, WA 98660
The Lawyer Referral Service of the Clark County Bar Association can provide attorney referrals at a reduced rate and help determine the type of attorney you need. Its website offers a directory searchable by area of law, which will generate a list of attorneys who practice that type of law and are members of the Clark County Bar Association. The Referral Service can also give attorney referrals by phone.
King County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
1200 5th Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98101
The Lawyer Referral Service makes referrals for individuals who wish to hire an attorney in 36 areas of law. Does not make referrals for clients who are in need of free legal services. This referral service does not charge a referral fee, and the initial 30-minute consultation is free. After the initial consultation, if you hire the attorney then you will discuss with the attorney directly. The cost to hire an attorney is between $250-$500 per hour. Request a referral by completing the online request form on the website, by email, or by phone.
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
945 Fawcett Avenue, Suite C
Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 383-3432 Lawyer Referral
The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service connects callers with legal resources. A referral coordinator will determine if your situation requires an attorney consultation, or if a referral to an outside agency will better assist you. If a consultation is appropriate, the Referral Service will schedule an initial 30-minute consultation with an appropriate type of attorney for $40. If you decide to hire the attorney for services beyond the initial consultation, the rate will be set by the attorney and could be between $175-$500 per hour. The areas of law handled include family law, elder law, employment law, Social Security, and more.
Snohomish County Bar Association
3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Room 2-204
Everett, WA 98206
The Snohomish County Bar Association can refer clients to a lawyer for a 30-minute phone consultation for a $35 fee. After the initial consultation, the lawyer’s fees are decided on an individual basis. This referral service is not for emergencies. In order to be referred to a lawyer, clients must complete the online form on the website.
Spokane County Bar Association
1116 West Broadway Avenue
4th Floor Annex, County Courthouse
Spokane, WA 99260
The website of the Spokane County Bar Association offers an online lawyer referral service. Referrals are made to attorneys charging regular fees. Complete the online referral form to be referred automatically to an attorney in a particular area of law or for a specific legal issue.
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