Macon, GA asked in Family Law, Domestic Violence and Medical Malpractice for Georgia


3 Lawyer Answers
Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
  • Dacula, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Lawyers are not "pro bono" lawyers because no one could work for free all the time and pay their own expenses. There are attorneys who do some pro bono work. I would suggest contacting a local legal aide if you're looking for a place to get free legal assistance.

A: Most private attorneys who do pro bono work do so through legal aid clinics or organizations. Legal aid normally screens applicants seeking legal services before they can see an attorney volunteer to determine whether the applicant has a bona fide legal issue that can be addressed by a lawyer, lack the financial resources to hire an attorney, and have a claim that attorneys generally don’t take on a contingency fee (e.g a medical malpractice claim). They then review their roster of volunteer attorneys to determine if they have a volunteer with the requisite experience in the particular area of law in which the applicant requires legal services. That avoids causing volunteer attorneys and applicants to waste their time.

Many legal aid organizations have attorneys who are competent and experienced in family law and domestic violence cases. Medical malpractice cases are routinely accepted by attorneys on a contingency fee so most applicants seeking services in that area would be referred to one or more local medical malpractice attorneys who most likely have the resources and experience to evaluate and handle such cases.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • Little Neck, NY

A: As my colleagues correctly advise, legal aid can be a source to research. However, one of your categories - medical malpractice - is not generally handled pro bono. It is generally handled on a contingency basis. Good luck

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