Attorney Referral Service

A Free Service

Looking for legal assistance in Whatcom County? Call 360-671-2455

Our program is designed to help people of all income levels. Unlike the criminal justice system, there is no provision in this country which guarantee’s a person’s right to legal representation in civil matters.

Sufficient Financial Means – If your income is at or above 400% of the national poverty level (see chart below) and have the ability to pay an attorney, but either you’ve never needed one before or you simply don’t know which one to call, we can provide you with the names and telephone numbers of local attorneys who are knowledgeable in the area of law which matches your situation.

Moderate Financial Means – If your income is at or above 200% and below 400% of the national poverty level (see chart below) then we might be able to connect you with a local attorney who might take your case on a “low bono” basis or in some form of limited representation capacity. “Low bono” means the attorney will provide services or representation well below the going hourly rate. The pool of attorneys available to accept clients in this manner is limited.

Modest Financial Means – If your income is below 200% of the national poverty level (see chart below) then we might be able to connect you with a local attorney who might take your case on a “pro bono” basis or in some form of limited representation capacity. “Pro bono” means the attorney will provide you with services or representation at no cost to you. The pool of attorneys available to accept clients in this manner is very limited.

That said, our goal is to help you find appropriate legal assistance which is tailored to your financial situation and your specific needs. Over time we’ve discovered that many people don’t need actual representation. It is often the case that all they need is direction and guidance to one of the legal assistance programs in Whatcom County.

We do not guarantee you will be referred to an attorney.

This service does not provide legal advice. We are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice.

Persons in Household 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Poverty Guidelines (Annual)
100% 200% 400%
1 $12,060.00 $24,120.00 $48,240.00
2 $16,240.00 $32,480.00 $64,960.00
3 $20,420.00 $40,840.00 $81,680.00
4 $24,600.00 $49,200.00 $98,400.00
5 $28,780.00 $57,560.00 $115,120.00
6 $32,960.00 $65,920.00 $131,840.00
7 $37,140.00 $74,280.00 $148,560.00
8 $41,320.00 $82,640.00 $165,280.00
Add $4,180 for each person over 8