Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pro Bono?
The phrase comes from the Latin, pro bono publico and means for the public good.
Pro bono is most often associated with legal work, but can be used for any skilled volunteer work.
What type of cases does the VLP take?
How do I apply?
Applications are taken over the phone. The VLP staff is available Monday through Friday from 9 to 4:30 to take your application and discuss the specifics of your legal matter.
How is the VLP funded?
The VLP is funded by Interest On Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA), Civil Legal Aid (funds are from filing fees), local grants and donations. The program is not subsidized by federal or state tax dollars. There is never a charge for attorney services; however some programs have a minimal administrative fee.
Clients are required to pay the court filing fee in Bankruptcy cases.
Who qualifies for VLP services?
Generally, your household income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. You will need to account for income and or benefits received for all people living in your home regardless of the relationship.
Other assets that can be considered for eligibility include checking, saving, 401 (k), annuity, pension or trust accounts.
The VLP may at any time request proof of income, bank account balances or other supporting documentation before providing any services.
Other factors that may influence your eligibility for services are type of legal matter, county where the case is filed or legal merit as determined by an attorney.
Eligibility for the VLP program does not guarantee that your case will be placed with an attorney for representation.
Our ability to place cases is sometimes limited by the availability of volunteers.
The VLP is not obligated to place all eligible cases.