Larimer County Pro Bono Program


Welcome to the Larimer County Pro Bono Program. 

Contact: Cody Knebel, Pro Bono Chair
Cindi Hendrix, Pro Bono Coordinator/Paralegal
P.O. Box 781
Fort Collins, CO 80522
Recorded Information Line: (970) 402-2075
 

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What does the Larimer County Pro Bono Program do?

The Larimer County Pro Bono Program attempts to match residents with private attorneys for certain legal matters.  The Program provides referrals, as available, to private attorneys (Pro Bono) and to appropriate agencies for residents of Larimer County who meet financial and income guidelines.  The Pro Bono Program does not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation, social security or personal injury cases.  Intakes occur weekly in Fort Collins on Wednesdays and in Loveland on Thursdays, with some holiday restrictions.     

• Fort Collins Pro Bono Intakes
Who: To clients who qualify, residents of Fort Collins, Red Feather Lakes, Bellvue, Wellington and areas north of Trilby Road.

What: Referral, as available, to private legal counsel (Pro Bono) or referred to appropriate agencies. Must meet income/financial eligibility guidelines. Guidelines are based on the current Colorado Legal Services Financial Eligibility Income and Asset Chart, which is based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Proof of income will be required at the Intake. Must bring last year's tax return and 3 months of paystubs or bank statements. Intakes do not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation, social security or personal injury cases.

When: Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon (except on major holidays, week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s). Individuals must be present by 12:30 or he or she will be turned away. First come, first served; 8 eligible intakes.

Where: Larimer County Justice Center, 201 LaPorte Avenue, 4th Floor, Fort Collins.

• Loveland Pro Bono Intakes
Who: To clients who qualify, residents of Loveland, Estes Park, Berthoud, Masonville, and areas south of Trilby Road.

What: Referral, as available, to private legal counsel (Pro Bono) or referred to appropriate agencies. Must meet income/financial eligibility guidelines. Guidelines are based on the current Colorado Legal Services Financial Eligibility Income and Asset Chart, which is based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG). Proof of income will be required at Intake. Must bring last year's tax return and 3 months of paystubs or bank statements. Intakes do not handle bankruptcy, criminal, workers compensation or personal injury cases.

When: Thursdays at 10:00 AM (except on major holidays, week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s). First come, first served; 6 eligible intakes.

Where: Loveland Community Health Center, 302 3rd Street SE, Loveland.

I want to volunteer, how can I help?

Thank you for your generous support of this worthwhile Pro Bono Program. Should you have any suggestions as to how we can better implement this Pro Bono Program and accommodate you, we welcome your comments. Your dedication to this program is greatly appreciated. There are several ways to help. You can take a Pro Bono case, teach a Pro Se class, volunteer for an intake session, contact a newer member of the Larimer County Bar, or contact Cindi Hendrix about your ideas. 

• Take a Pro Bono Case
We are looking for attorneys to represent clients who are financially eligible and have been seen in our Pro Bono intakes in Fort Collins and Loveland. For these cases, the intake attorney, the Pro Bono Chair, and our Pro Bono Choordinator believe that the client needs representation. Types of cases are primarily in family law but also guardianship, wills, garnishment, landlord/tenant, small claims, title actions, and foreclosure.

A significant number of these cases involve family law matters, and there are a limited number of attorneys practicing in this area -- the need is often greater than the resources available.

• Teach a Pro Se Class
Every 2nd and 4th Monday from 3-5PM, the Pro Bono Program provides a Pro Se class for the public. Attendance is usually 2-8 persons. The attendees are at various stages in family law cases --- divorce, post decree, paternity, and modification. Our Pro Bono Coordinator assists the public with forms. Randall Lococo drafted an excellent outline for the material covered in the class if you are not familiar with family law.

If you are an attorney and wish to sign up to teach a Pro Se class, please contact the current LCBA Pro Bono Chair or the LCBA Pro Bono Coordinator for further information. Please let us know if you need the outline prepared by Randall Lococo for information that may be covered in class.

• Volunteer For An Intake Session
Intake sessions occur every Wednesday at 12:30 PM at the Larimer County Justice Center, 4th Floor and every Thursday at 10:00 AM at the Loveland Community Health Center, except on major holidays, week of Thanksgiving and the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Clients appear in person to complete an application form and provide financial data to the Pro Bono Coordinator, who screens them for financial, geographic and topical eligibility. A volunteer attorney from the area attends each intake session to advise clients. Eligible clients meet individually with the intake attorney and/or the Pro Bono Coordinator to discuss their cases and ask questions. Individuals who are not eligible for services may receive brief advice, including recommendations on legal services outside the Pro Bono Program to assist them, referrals to government agencies or classes, etc.

The clients can receive the following assistance:

• The volunteer attorney provides brief advice;
• Referral to the District Court Clerk to purchase form packets or to the Internet to obtain forms;
• Referral to the Larimer County Bar Association Domestic Assistance Class;
• Referral to the Larimer County District Court Pro Se Class;
• Referral to another appropriate agency or advised of appropriate avenues to follow for assistance, or referred to mediation programs;
• Assigned a Pro Bono attorney from the participating attorneys list.

The LCBA Pro Bono Program continues to be well supported by the members who volunteer each year to participate in the intake sessions on Wednesdays in Fort Collins and Thursdays in Loveland. We are grateful that we have attorneys who are patiently waiting to fill in for intakes if needed.

• Can I Get CLE Credit For That?
You can now receive up to 45 general CLE credits in each 3-year reporting period for providing Pro Bono assistance to a client in need, if a Pro Bono Program or the Court assigns the clients. In addition, if you mentor another attorney in their representation of a client, you may receive 1 general CLE credit for this assistance per case, if a Pro Bono Program or the Court assigns the clients.

As of January 1, 2005, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted Rule 260.8 and Form 8 for Direct Representation and Mentoring in Pro Bono Civil Legal Matters. As a attorney accepting a civil pro bono case for a client who is financially eligible due to indigency or near-indigency from a Bar Association or Court, you are eligible for general credits (CLE credits) for representation. The attorney is eligible for a maximum of nine (9) general credits for each three (3) year reporting period. Each credit is equivalent to five (5) billable equivalent hours of representation provided to the client. If you choose to mentor another attorney who has accepted a case through the Larimer County Bar Association Pro Bono Program and the LCBA Pro Bono Program is aware of your mentoring, you are eligible to receive one (1) general credit for each completed matter (case). If you are mentoring another lawyer, that lawyer will also receive his or her general credit for their representation.

Form 8 may be obtained on the Colorado Supreme Court’s website by clicking here. After your case has been completed, please return your completed Form 8 to the LCBA Pro Bono Program at:

Larimer County Bar Association Pro Bono Program P.O. Box 781 Fort Collins, Colorado 80522-0781

or you may call the current LCBA Pro Bono Chair or the LCBA Pro Bono Coordinator for further information or faxing instructions. Please see Rule 260.8 for information regarding cases that are not completed by the end of the three (3) year compliance period for instructions on an interim Form 8.

• How Much Time Will Volunteering for the Pro Bono Program Take?
Time commitments for the different volunteer opportunities that the Larimer County Pro Bono Program offers vary. If you wish to take a Pro Bono case, the cases can range from short and simple to longer and more complex. Teaching a Pro Se Class takes approximately 2 hours. Volunteering for an intake session takes approximately 2 hours.

• Contact a Newer Member of the Larimer County Bar
We encourage you to talk to new members of the Larimer County Bar about the importance of the Pro Bono Program to Larimer County and how they can participate.

• Talk to the Pro Bono Chair and Coordinator About Your Ideas
Please talk to the Chair and Coordinator about making the Pro Bono program more responsive to the needs of the area, including recruiting new people and obtaining additional funding. We currently only receive funds from the Larimer County Bar Association and COLTAF.


Larimer County Legal Resources

Larimer County legal resources include the Pro Se class offered by the Larimer County District Court, Call a Lawyers Night staffed by young lawyers, legal services offered to full time students at CSU by Colorado State University Legal Services, legal representation offered to indigent clients by Colorado Legal Services, legal representation in certain criminal matters offered by the Office of the State Public Defender, Court appointed legal representation to Respondent parents in dependency and neglect cases, services offered to obligors (owe child support) and obligees (entitled to receive child support) by the Colorado Child Support Enforcement, legal services to victims of domestic violence by Crossroads Safehouse and websites with legal information and forms. 

If you do not qualify for pro bono legal assistance, you may wish to consider the following list of attorneys.  These attorneys have indicated that they are willing to take cases at a reduced rate for eligible modest means clients.  This list is a resource only, and eligibility as a modest means client is determined by each individual attorney.  Representation by these attorneys are not guaranteed.  Hourly rates and retainer fees may vary by attorney.