If you’re interested in solutions for lower income individuals in need of legal help, this may be worth a read. The Washington Supreme Court has just authorized a regulated system in which non-attorney technicians will be able to assist, though not represent, civil litigants in a limited manner. To me, this is a huge step forward in providing reasonably priced legal help to people that need it. (Though I wish there were just less federal and state laws and they were less complex.) This excerpt from the Order is a strong stand:
… there are people who need only limited levels of assistance that can be provided by non-lawyers trained and overseen within the framework of the regulatory system developed by the Practice of Law Board. This assistance should be available and affordable. Our system of justice requires it.
Very interesting. Here is the full Order.