Looking for a pro bono opportunity that is quick, easy and convenient?  

Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal aid clinic allowing low-income individuals to pose civil legal questions to volunteer attorneys.  

In an effort to prevent larger legal crises from developing, this website provides brief individualized legal assistance to under served populations.  For attorneys in search of short term volunteer opportunities, this site provides a way to do pro bono work that fits into your schedule and provides legal malpractice insurance for the advice provided within the state.  As of April 2017, Free Legal Answers is operating in 30 states with roll-outs happening in several other states over the next few months.  Over 2,200 attorneys have registered to respond to questions and over 4,500 client questions have been submitted since the website was launched in August 2016.  If you would like to get involved, you can register as an attorney volunteer ny.freelegalanswers.org  If you have any questions about Free Legal Answers, email probono@nysba.org.  

Free Legal Answers Awards

In 2016, the New York State Bar Association launched Free Legal Answers (ny.freelegalanswers.org).  Through Free Legal Answers, low income people can seek and receive answers to civil legal questions.  

Free Legal Answers is an easy way to provide legal information to low income people in pressing need of such information.  In many instances, the individuals who use Free Legal Answers are not eligible for services from the local legal aid society, or cannot be served due to lack of staff resources.  Free Legal Answers allows lawyers to do pro bono at their convenience, from home, from their car, from the soccer field, or even from the office.  It provides a limited scope pro bono opportunity so that all lawyers can be of service to their low income neighbors.  

Since its launch, hundreds of questions from Family Law, Wills and Estates to Consumer Debt have been answered by volunteer attorneys.  At its annual Justice for All Luncheon, NYSBA will honor the attorney who has had the largest impact on Free Legal Answers clients in the year between November of this year and December of the previous year, and the law firm which has had the most associates and partners participating in Free Legal Answers. 

Free Legal Answers Honorees:

  • The attorney who has had the largest impact on Free Legal Answers clients between November of this year and December of the previous year. This individual will be selected by the co-chairs of the President’s Committee on Access to Justice and the Committee on Legal Aid.  The NYSBA Director of Pro Bono Services will identify appropriate candidates for consideration.
  • The law firm that has had the most associates and partners participating in Free Legal Answers in the year between November of this year and December of the previous year.

 

See Michael Higgins' testimonial as our latest reason to volunteer for Free Legal Answers.