More than 1,200,000 people in the San Francisco Bay Area - approximately 15% of the total population - are impoverished (meaning that they make approximately $30,000-40,000). These persons will experience one to three legal “needs” a year. Yet, only 20% of them will retain a “legal specialist” capable of resolving their legal needs by litigating their case in state and/or federal courts. The Law Office of B.C. McComas seeks to address this significant need for legal services by providing affordable access to counsel for persons with low and moderate incomes in the Bay Area.
Mr. McComas is the sole proprietor of the Office. The Office provides indigent legal services to persons with low to moderate incomes. Indigent services concern the legal problems faced by persons who lack the funds, ability, or rights to resolve those problems. In other words, indigent legal services seek to resolve the legal needs of impoverished persons.
The Office seeks clients with low to moderate incomes who make approximately $20,000-40,000 alone, or $40,000-80,000 a year jointly. These clients may not be able to pay for legal services, or may be able to pay for legal services only on a sliding-scale basis ($1,000-$5,000 approximately). The Office will also seek to represent people within the median income, who make approximately $60,000-80,000 a year alone, or $120,000-180,000 jointly. These clients can expect to pay $15,00-20,000 for their legal needs. As a result, the Office will be targeting clients in the less wealthy or working-class districts in San Francisco (Tenderloin, Hunter’s Point, Excelsior, Ingleside, Western Addition, etc.) and communities in the Bay Area (Downtown Berkeley, Uptown Oakland, West Oakland, Richmond, Vallejo, Antioch, East Palo Alto, etc.).
The Office will distinguish itself by promising not to deny legal service to any potential client and by touting Mr. McComas’ commitment to providing universal access to legal services. The Office will provide a free consultation for all potential clients. Clients with actual legal needs will be identified based on the interview and any necessary research. Clients with legal needs that cannot be satisfied by the Office will be referred to law offices or public agencies who can address their needs. The Office will accept representation in all cases where it can address the client’s legal needs, and will work closely with other attorneys and non-profit and public agencies in providing representation to clients in legal fields where Mr. McComas is inexperienced.