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Modest Means Program


The York County Bar Association (YCBA) created the Modest Means program to help moderate-income York County residents find affordable legal assistance in the areas of family and criminal law. Modest Means attorneys have agreed to charge reduced rates to clients referred through this program. 

Application/Fee: To apply, you must complete an application, found here, and submit it by mail, email, fax, or in person (by appointment only). The relevant addresses and numbers are on the application. In order for your application to be processed, all required supporting documents must be submitted with the application. Please submit copies when appropriate since these documents will not be returned. If your application is approved and you qualify for the Modest Means program, your will be required to pay a $25 processing fee. This fee is payable by debit/credit card or you may make an appointment to pay cash.

Eligibility:  This is based upon the type of your legal matter, your income/assets in relation to the number in your household, and the availability of Modest Means attorneys. There are a limited number of participating attorneys so be sure to get your application in to us at least one week prior to any deadline. And, even if you qualify, the YCBA cannot guarantee that a Modest Means attorney will be available.

Processing:  You will be contacted by email or phone after your application has been reviewed. If you qualify, you will need to pay the $25 processing fee before being assigned an attorney. You will need to call that attorney to make an appointment for your consultation. Whether you hire the attorney to represent you after that consultation is a decision for you and the attorney to make. The YCBA cannot guarantee that a lawyer will take your case.

Legal Fees & Costs:  Modest Means attorneys have agreed to charge $100 per hour and if a retainer (upfront deposit against fees) is required, it will be no more than 60% of their typical amount. The discussion about the fees charged will be a part of the initial consultation.

Application available here.

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