A lawyer's value is found in the advice given, not the document written.
Linrya Justice Center, Inc. is the product of a long-time dream of founder Lindsey S. Drake, an Austin native and attorney. Ms. Drake recognized that for most of her adult life, she herself couldn't afford the legal services she provided. Legal services are expensive because it is expensive to become a lawyer. Staggering student loan debts (think $70,000-$250,000) and ever-increasing costs of being a lawyer result in ever-increasing rates charged by attorneys.
At the same time, the rise in easily accessible do-it-yourself forms is causing an increase in litigation once people find they made a mistake in using the forms. Some of the forms are not state-specific, some are not understandable, some look impressive but are completely wrong for the client's situation.
The LJC is an attempt to provide options for clients who are unable to pay for a lawyer but who also appreciate an attorney's value.
Occasionally, we come across a free service or form that is so bad, we cringe because no matter how many times we explain why attorneys have value, people will still try to do some tasks themselves. Poorly written legal documents result in a lot of work for lawyers.
Ms. Drake is a provider attorney for a variety of pro bono legal services organizations and takes great pride in her participation. Clients who need help paying for legal services deserve the same time and attention as any client, and to be treated with the same dignity afforded to clients who pay full rate.
Linrya Justice Center, Inc. now serving Central Texas residents.
We are pleased to announce that the Linrya Justice Center, Inc., a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, is open and ready to assist clients. The LJC is a sliding-scale legal services center providing estate planning to people of moderate means.
Who: We work with people who earn too much to qualify for Legal Aid but can’t afford the full cost of attorney services. Clients qualify for a reduced fee based on household size and income.
What: LJC provides basic estate documents including a will, powers of attorney, and healthcare directive. Additional documents like Transfer on Death Deeds and supplemental needs trusts are available.
How: Estimate your fee, then request an intake form. Staff will contact you to schedule a Skype or phone consultation.
Why: Every adult benefits from having a will and powers of attorney yet the cost is too much for many. People turn to internet services and do-it-yourself books, which often mean errors that make the documents useless or costlier to use.
Want to support? LJC relies on donations and grants to expand services and help low-income clients. Support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation.