A referral to an attorney for your legal issue begins with a phone call to our office at 478-238-0224. Our Office Manager will then have some questions about your legal issue as well as your financial situation. She will also need to get information about where you reside and where your case will be or is located.
While we realize questions about finances and residence can seem very personal, it is necessary that we collect this information. We are only able to assist patrons with a referral to an attorney if they meet the following two criteria: (1) have an income less than 3x the federal poverty limit, and (2) reside, or have a case in, one of the following counties: Bibb, Houston, Peach, Crawford, Jones, Twiggs, or Monroe.
Once our Office Manager has collected this information, she will schedule you for an appointment with our Executive Director and another attorney. On the day of your appointment, you will need to arrive 15 minutes early, and you will need to bring your ID, proof of income, and any documents/information pertinent to your legal issue. Because of the ongoing pandemic and the need for social distancing, we ask that you come alone to your appointment. If you feel another person is absolutely necessary to help you explain your legal issue, please let us know ahead of time and we can make arrangements.
Prior to meeting with the attorneys, you will need to fill out an affidavit that verifies your income and other information. Once that is complete, your interview can begin.
PLEASE NOTE: The purpose of your interview is to gather enough information about your legal issue so that we can decide how best to handle the matter. We will not take any legal action at your interview, and the interview does not form the basis of an attorney-client relationship. The attorneys who interview you about your case, by gathering such information, DO NOT agree to represent you in your case. In order for any attorney to represent you, it is required that you first sign a formal retainer agreement that sets out all of the terms and conditions of such representation.
If, at the conclusion of your interview, we feel that we can help you with your case, we will then attempt to get you a referral to one of our volunteer attorneys who assist our patrons. While in extreme cases these attorneys are willing to offer their services for free, generally you will be expected to pay some fee, albeit reduced. The amount of the legal fee you are required to pay for the services of our volunteer attorneys will be subject to discussion and agreement between you and the volunteer. We do not and cannot intervene in the setting of a fee.
It is important to note that any court costs, witness fees, etc. that are needed to present your case in Court are your responsibility. We do not ask our volunteer attorneys to pay these out-of-pocket costs. In some circumstances, the Court may be willing to waive some of these costs.
Once we are able to find an attorney that can assist you with your case, we will refer your case to that attorney, along with the documents and information you provided at your intake interview. We will let you know the name and contact information of the attorney that has agreed to assist you. It will then be your responsibility to contact the volunteer attorney.
No volunteer attorney or other attorney associated with Middle Georgia Justice can or will represent you on your case unless and until you meet with that attorney and sign a formal, written retainer agreement that outlines all of the terms and conditions of the attorney’s representation.