The El Paso County Bar Association and Lawyer Referral Service Launch the Modest Means Program!

The EPCBA and LRS created the Modest Means program to help moderate-income Coloradoans (who reside in El Paso and Teller Counties) find affordable legal assistance. The program is intended to help those who earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but who cannot afford traditional legal fees. Modest means lawyers will agree to charge reduced rates for legal work provided to clients referred to them through the program. There is no grant, fund, or subsidy that makes up the difference between the lawyers’ regular rates and the Modest Means Program rates. The lawyers who participate are those who believe in the mission of this program and want to help.

Become a Member of the Modest Means Program

Please submit the Modest Means Program Agreement and Panel List by mail or fax if you would like to add your name to the list of attorneys accepting Modest Means cases. For more information about the program, contact Kristi at 719-473-9700 or executivedirector@elpasocountybar.org, or Delya at 719-636-1532 or lrs@elpasocountybar.org.

How the Program Works

The Bar Association will screen individuals for financial eligibility and contact participating attorneys for their availability and interest in meeting with a potential client. A list of participating attorneys will not be available to the public and we will only provide a referral to an attorney that expresses an interest in meeting with the individual. The attorney is under no obligation to take the case. The attorney will arrange for payment of all fees and set fees according to the Modest Means guidelines.

Legal Fees and Costs

Lawyers who are willing to accept Modest Means clients will agree to charge no more than $125 per hour for any services and may assess a fee of $40 for an initial consultation. The client will be asked to pay a retainer that will be no more than $750. The amount of the retainer will depend on your estimate of how much work will be required to complete the case. The attorney may charge the client for any court fees and other direct costs. The Modest Means program is not a legal aid program and it is not a pro bono program. The client must be able to pay $40 for an initial consultation, a retainer, and up to $125 per hour (as applicable) for any work done beyond the initial consultation. The client's application must demonstrate that they have the ability to pay these fees in order to be referred to a Modest Means Program lawyer.

Areas of Law

  • Bankruptcy
  • Civil Rights
  • Real Estate Law (Tenant, Landlord and Foreclosure)
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Probate

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