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"Access to Justice" Program
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Do you or someone you know need an attorney?

Do you earn too much to qualify for Legal Aid?


This program reaches beyond the poor who are already served by Legal Aid of Southeastern PA (LASP) and encompasses those of modest means – families and individuals with incomes too high to obtain subsidized services and too low to afford the fees associated with traditional representation.

You may qualify for the Chester County Bar Association's Access to Justice program.

Many hardworking Chester County residents earn too much to qualify for a free Legal Aid lawyer, yet cannot afford the high cost of hiring a private attorney. The members of the Chester County Bar Association recognize this challenge and offer a solution with the Access to Justice program. The Chester County Bar Association is the only bar association in the state with this unique, award winning program. This program fills the gap between Pro Bono and hiring an attorney at full cost. 

The Access to Justice program provides free legal services to Chester County residents when their income is too high to qualify for Legal Aid, their case cannot be handled by Legal Aid or their case presents a conflict for Legal Aid.  

Individuals must financially qualify for services, but the guidelines are higher than the requirements for Legal Aid. If you qualify, you will be referred to a local attorney who specializes in the area of law in which you are seeking assistance. Your case will be handled free of charge.  

"Jane" was in an unfortunate position when her husband filed for divorce. She was partially paralyzed due to a stroke and her only income was social security disability. Jane needed quality legal representation and found it through the Access to Justice program. 

"Thank goodness for this program. You provided me with help when I needed it the most." 

    ~Jane, Access to Justice client 

(A ficticious name is used to protect the identity of the client)

 Cases accepted include: 

  • Simple Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Living Wills
  • Bankruptcy
  • Landlord-Tenant
  • Elder Law
  • Custody and Visitation
  • No Asset Divorce
  • Small Estates
  • Miscellaneous cases at the discretion of the program.
To find out if you qualify, call the Legal Aid Intake Unit at 1.877.429.5994                      
Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. -  1 p.m.

The hotline is open weekdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Intake workers will walk you through the qualifying process to see if you meet the income requirements. 

If you do not qualify for Legal Aid or Access to Justice, you may find an attorney by contacting theLawyer Referral Service

For Attorneys

Would you like to assist Legal Aid or participate in the Access to Justice program? Please fill out this form and return to the Bar Association.  

Help support Legal Aid of Southeast PA! If you can not help by donating your time, consider making a monetary contribution to Legal Aid. Please fill out the donation form and return to the Chester County Bar Foundation at 15 West Gay Street, West Chester, PA, 19380.

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