The Modest Means Program is a public service program sponsored by the Atlanta Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS). It is designed to assist Georgia residents who are not financially eligible for Legal Aid, but who also do not have the resources to retain a private attorney at the standard market rate. Potential clients who qualify for the Modest Means Program are referred to a private attorney who has agreed to the specific terms of the program, including an initial retainer fee of no more than $600, or billable hours of $75 an hour maximum. The Modest Means Program is only currently available to residents of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties.
The Modest Means Program will accept applications in the following areas:
- Advance Directive for Healthcare
- Bundled Service (Advance Directive for Healthcare, Power of Attorney, and Simple Will)
- Uncontested Guardianship of a Minor
- Child Support (modification/petition/contempt)
- Contested Guardianship of a Minor
- Custody (original/modification)
- Legitimation/ Paternity
If you do not qualify for free legal services and believe that you may warrant the Modest Means program, please call our office anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am and 5pm, or download and submit our online application, either by fax at (404) 522-0269, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Modest Means Coordinator will analyze your issue, verify your income eligibility, and connect you with an attorney if possible.
If your application is successful, there will be a required $25 processing fee that will include up to a 30 minute consultation with the attorney. For more information, please call our main referral line at (404) 521-0777.