Eligibility for the program is based on the individual’s gross monthly income and the number of individuals in his/her household. Modest Means is neither a legal aid program nor a free service. Interested clients must have a case in Los Angeles County but need not reside in the county.
* Hourly rate and retainer amount are determined by individual’s income qualifications or tier level.
The Modest Means Program refers qualified persons to its panel of Family law, Landlord Tenant, Estate Planning and/or Probate attorneys. The attorneys agree to charge reduced hourly rates and a reduced retainer fee. For hourly rates attorneys have agreed to charge $50.00- $300.00 per hour. For the retainer fee, they may charge $500.00-$1500.00. The hourly rate depends on your monthly income, and the number of people living in your household according to California's poverty guidelines.