According to Bonnie Hough, a new national survey reveals another gap: consumers who can afford legal services but still aren't getting them.
February 1, 2015
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Organizations mentioned/involved: American Bar Association (ABA), ABA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, Judicial Council of California – Center for Families, Children & the Courts
When it comes to access to legal services, there’s a well-known justice gap. In too many cases, there are too many individuals who can’t afford a lawyer.
But Bonnie Hough, managing attorney for the Center for Families, Children and the Courts for the Judicial Council of California, says a new national survey is calling attention to yet another gap: consumers who can afford legal services but still aren’t getting them.
“… [One] thing a self-help center can do and do very well is to explain to customers why, in their circumstance, it makes sense to hire a lawyer. They can say, ‘I know this seems simple, but let me explain what’s happening. I can’t take the case, but I see you own a house, and here’s why it makes sense to hire a lawyer to protect your house.’ “Tags: Consumer Protection, Courts, Pro Se/Self-Help