Nonprofits need your expert legal assistance.
Nonprofit organizations are businesses, and often have the identical legal issues facing any for-profit entity. Because nonprofits frequently are cash-strapped and depend on charitable contributions that are restricted to actual client services, they frequently have no money to pay for the legal assistance that can assure their survival.
Attorneys have a professional responsibility to provide pro bono legal services to those unable to pay.
Washington Rules of Professional Conduct 6.1 sets 30 hours of pro bono services per year as the aspirational goal of all Washington attorneys. WAACO, as a Washington Qualified Legal Service Provider, provides opportunities for transactional attorneys to fulfill their pro bono goals within their areas of expertise. The time attorneys donate to strengthening nonprofit organizations translates into a benefit for the hundreds of needy or low-income clients of those nonprofits, and helps assure the continuation of vital community services.
Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations provides screened, discrete business law pro bono opportunities for transactional attorneys.
Business and transactional lawyers may often find it difficult to locate good opportunities to provide pro bono services in their areas of expertise. WAACO provides these opportunities for transactional attorneys. We also encourage attorneys who are serving as in-house counsel for corporations to volunteer, and we can offer options for malpractice insurance coverage.