Legal Help http://wesa.fm en New Law Gives Legal Aid for the Poor a Boost http://wesa.fm/post/new-law-gives-legal-aid-poor-boost <p>Legal aid for the poor and disadvantaged is slated to get more funding under a measure approved by the legislature and signed by the governor this month.<br /><br />Court fees are slated to increase in order to set aside more money to help eligible Pennsylvanians pay their legal bills when settling basic needs regarding things like housing, health and safety. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tara Toohil (R-Luzerne), passed with nearly unanimous support in the House and Senate.<br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:14:12 +0000 Mary Wilson 32688 at http://wesa.fm The Low Income Legal Dilemma http://wesa.fm/post/low-income-legal-dilemma <p>It may come as a shock to those who think that there are too many lawyers, but many Americans cannot get their legal needs met. That's because many can not afford legal representation and don’t qualify for legal services.</p><p>In fact, according to <a href="http://www.law.pitt.edu/">University of Pittsburgh Law</a> Professor David Harris, 80% of Americans who have legal needs can not find help.</p><p>“Even if you just look at the people who come into legal services offices, for every one person served, one person is turned away."</p><p>While the issue of cost of legal representation is well known, Barbara Griffin, coordinator for <a href="http://www.pittsburghprobono.org/">the Pro Bono Center</a> of the <a href="http://www.acbf.org/">Allegheny County Bar Foundation</a>, points out that due to funding cuts in community legal service centers, and the present economy, there are more people in need of aid than lawyers to serve them. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 18:42:06 +0000 Nick Frost 17760 at http://wesa.fm The Low Income Legal Dilemma