Many people in New York have a hard time finding a pro bono lawyer. Even when finding one, people usually do not know the history of the attorney. Moreover, some of these attorneys have several hidden fees attached to their pro bono work. These attorneys take advantage of average people in the New York area.
This is being changed by the creation of the Madison County Courier. The Madison County Courier has developed a way for all people in low-income status to apply for a suitable free attorney. All an individual has to do is get on the Madison County Courier website. This can be accomplished through any public library. Additionally, the county courthouse has a law library with online access, too.
Once on the website, a quick form must be electronically filled out. There are no costs associated with this form. This form is also broken down so that the least educated person is able to understand it. Some financial information needs to be submitted to the secured database. Once this happens, the person applying for a free lawyer will instantly know if they qualify or not.
Upon qualifying, the applicant will receive names of several attorneys that can represent them for free with no hidden fees at all. This information further includes the history of the attorney, whether good or bad.
Attorney Jeremy L. Goldstein is very happy with this service. Attorney Goldstein has represented many people on a pro bono status. Sadly, he has observed pro bono attorneys take advantage of many people; this could be by charging hidden fees or not doing a good job with the representation.
Jeremy Goldstein wanted to make a program that would ensure people in a pro bono status a good attorney for no money at all. Jeremy hopes more lawyers will join the pro bono staff within the next few months.