Lawyers in Yakimata, Washington, say they’re finding it hard to keep up with the demand for their services.
According to the Yakima-based Lawyer for the People’s Alliance, a local group, the number of divorces is down more than 60% in recent years, and the number seeking legal aid has gone up by about 60% over the same time.
Lawyer Bob Tisdale said in an interview that he believes the reason is because of the economic downturn and the new law that took effect in January.
The law requires a minimum of five years of practice and allows for the hiring of attorneys.
Tisdales says he has seen a rise in requests from women and families who want help getting out of abusive relationships.
Lawyers have a variety of services that are available to them, such as employment insurance, a lawyer’s salary, child support and child custody.
But in order to make the most out of their work, it is important to get a handle on their fees, Tisdalsays.
Tisdale estimates that he pays about $25 a month in fees for his office and a portion of the client fee, so he says he can’t make much money.
Tisses says the increased demands have resulted in an increase in clients asking him for more money to cover the additional fees, or that they don’t have the time to get legal help.
Tisses also has to find a lawyer, who is paid a portion for each client.
He says he’s not a financial planner, and has no clue how much money his firm would be able to save on legal fees.
In his opinion, the increased demand is not due to the economic slump, but to the new policy in Washington.
Tistdale says he hopes to help the people of Yakimat and the state of Washington who need the help he can.