The legal profession has to make a greater effort to ensure quality legal advice and counseling are accessible to the public at an affordable price
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) February 01, 2016
Freiwald Law, P.C., highly regarded for representing plaintiffs in catastrophic personal injury cases, has expanded its practice to now offer affordable legal counsel, including estate, healthcare planning, and related services. Recognizing the demand and growth potential, the firm just established a Community Legal Advisors (CLA) group, Founder and Managing Partner Aaron J. Freiwald announced today.
Mr. Freiwald, who said that too often citizens cannot access or afford primary legal services, such as preparation of a simple will or a Power of Attorney, established the CLA group along with a transparent, below market fee structure to “provide these vital legal services that are just as important to individuals and families as core family medical care.”
Noting that “it is time to redefine the traditional law firm model to positively impact middle-class citizens who find themselves economically disenfranchised from representation and legally vulnerable,” Mr. Freiwald said the CLA group “fills the service gap between the costly bigger firms and subsidized non-profit legal services organizations with strict low-income eligibility requirements.”
In contrast to common Pennsylvania law firm charges that include an average hourly rate of $325.00, or more than $1,000 for a simple will, CLA is charging $125 per hour and $125 for the same basic will preparation (plus standard filing fees).
“There is a lot of talk about affordable self-directed healthcare in America but that same conversation is not taking place when it comes to managing a person or family’s fundamental legal affairs,” Mr. Freiwald explained. “We decided it was time to act and we are committed to helping people who risk slipping through the cracks make these important decisions now so someone else – possibly appointed by a court - doesn't make decisions for them later.”
“The legal profession has to make a greater effort to ensure quality legal advice and counseling are accessible to the public at an affordable price, particularly to assist with critical healthcare decisions,” says Frank M. McClellan, Professor of Law Emeritus at the Beasley School of Law of Temple University and Special Counsel at Freiwald Law. “Poor planning in that area may prove financially and emotionally devastating, which is why we created CLA,” Professor McClellan adds.
Matthew R. Bravette, CLA Staff Attorney, noted that his group will prepare an Advance Healthcare Directive, which combines a Living Will and Healthcare Power of Attorney, for $125, a rate almost unheard of at many traditional firms. “I know first hand, growing up with a severely disabled brother, the types of hardship a family can face at any time without proper legal guidance,” said Mr. Bravette. “I’m proud to be among the first attorneys in CLA addressing this serious need for affordable legal services for everyone in our community,” he added.