How to find cheap legal services for people who don't have good cases?
March 4, 2014 7:47 AM Subscribe
Because of the way nonprofits work, it seems most legal aid organizations receive their grant funding only for successfully defended cases - which means that some of them seem to cherrypick which cases they accept, sorting for the most winnable rather than those in the most need. Are there any that don't do this? How do I find places for people with bad or unwinnable cases, but who still need legal help?
posted by corb to Law & Government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I know that whenever I've hired (relatively well-paid) attorneys for myself, there seemed to be a lot more options than exist at legal aid agencies - to include delaying or moving the cases for more advantageous circumstances/times/judges. This doesn't seem to be a thing with legal aid or legal assistance groups - they seem to want to just do the bare bones of the case, and only if they can win. Am I seeing it wrong, or is this a real thing? If a real thing, are there places that do this differently?