Pro Bono


Note:  This is a description of the types of issues that Utah Legal Services may be able to help find a probono attorney to help with.  For information about these issues on our website, click here.


Even if Utah Legal Services (ULS) cannot assist you directly, we can often find volunteer or pro bono attorneys who are willing to help low-income clients free of charge.  The types of cases we can place with volunteer attorneys varies depending on the expertise of the attorneys themselves and we can not guarantee placement of any case.  However, we are often able to find volunteer attorneys for the following:

    • Bankruptcy; while ULS does not directly handle bankruptcy cases the following resources are available:

1. Step by Step Guide to filing bankruptcy and answers to your frequently asked questions

2.Volunteer attorneys to answer more specific questions on our bankruptcy hotline. Call 801-328-8891 or 800-662-4245 to get your case started or if you already have a case call the hotline directly at 801-328-8891 ext. 3446, please allow a week for your call to be returned.

3. Debtor’s Legal Clinic held from 6-8pm the 4th Thursday of each month at the Salt Lake City Public Library located at 400 South 210 East, Conference Room - Level 4.

    • Family Problems; if your family related matter cannot be handled by ULS directly we will consider it for volunteer placement.
    • Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO); and
    • helping potential wards in Guardianship cases.

We encourage you to call us to see if we can help you.  We take new calls between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  For information on what to expect when you call, click here.  For office locations and phone numbers, click here.  You may also click here for general legal information and other possible resources

ULS also helps with these other types of cases:


Other information available:

assisted "Lisa" who is a disabled lady on Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI); wheelchair-bound and on oxygen 24/7.  "Lisa" received a $42,000 settlement last fall, paid as a result of a death from cancer.  "Lisa" reported the settlement to the Social Security Administration (SSA) as required, but she didn’t understand the rules regarding disposing of a resource.  "Lisa" spent the majority of the money wisely, as required—she bought herself a home to live in, prepaid some expenses for a year, bought some furniture, bought a freezer, filled it with food, etc.  Unfortunately, she also gave approximately $13,000 away to various family members for one reason or another. 

 

As a result, she incurred an SSI overpayment for the months she was over the resource limit of $2,000.  Utah Legal Services was able to get the overpayment waived, but then the really bad news—SSA sanctioned her for giving away part of her resources.  She was terminated from SSI for 19 months.  Of course, she also had no money left from her settlement.  This would have been an extremely harsh blow to her, since she has no other income, is disabled, and relies on oxygen and multiple medications to sustain her life.  ULS called SSA and pointed out their provision in statute which allows an “out” for undue hardship.  Within 30 minutes, ULS received a call from SSA letting us know that "Lisa" would receive the two months’ benefits that had been withheld already, and her benefits would start again immediately.