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Pennsylvania (PBA) Free Legal Answers

  • To Volunteer, Contact:
    David Keller Trevaskis
    717-571-7414
  • Location:
    100 South Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • Phone: 800-932-0311
  • Website: https://pabar.org


Pennsylvania (PBA) Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic run by the Pennsylvania Bar Association in in collaboration with ABA Free Legal Answers. The purpose of the program is to increase access to advice and information about non-criminal legal matters to those who cannot afford it.

Qualifying users post their civil legal question to the Pennsylvania website portal on ABA Free Legal Answers, providing facts about their case that will help the lawyer answer the question. Users also select a category (such as “housing” or “debt”) that best describes their question so that attorneys experienced in that area of the law can volunteer to address the question. 

Volunteer attorneys, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide information and basic legal advice through the portal without any expectation of long-term representation. 

More information on the program is available in the Frequently Asked Questions from Pennsylvania Volunteer Attorneys.

Attorneys can Register as a Volunteer at:
https://pa.freelegalanswers.org/Attorneys/Account/Agreement

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Pennsylvania
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Education, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Housing, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: General Public, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Senior Lawyers, Small and medium law firm attorneys
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice)
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Provide brief advice
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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