Giving back to the community and good corporate citizenship are important to the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. KCMBA offers several services to the general public to assist in some of their legal needs and questions.
FEE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
The Fee Dispute Resolution Committee of KCMBA offers members of the public an opportunity for impartial review of fee disputes with attorneys. Members of the Committee donate countless hours each year to help attorneys and clients resolve their differences, all at no cost to those participating in the process. The services of the Committee are provided as a public service and are meant to offer clients and attorneys an alternative to costly and time-consuming litigation.
For more information about our fee dispute program, click here.
PROJECT PRO BONO
KCMBA is partnering with Legal Aid of Western Missouri to help increase pro bono legal work in the Kansas City area through a new initiative called “Project Pro Bono.” By publishing the number of pro bono hours performed quarterly by participating firms and highlighting pro bono work done by our members, KCMBA hopes to encourage more attorneys in the Kansas City area to provide pro bono legal services to low-income individuals, families, and institutions. If you are interested in receiving legal services from Project Pro Bono, please call 816-474-6750. Please be aware that Legal Aid has limited resources and may not be able to accept your case based on circumstances and availability of attorneys.
In order to encouarge transparency and accountability in the judicial system, KCMBA partners with the Missouri Bar during election years to conduct performance evaluations of merit-selected judges that are standing in retention elections. By publicizing the results of the evaluations, KCMBA hopes to help Missouri voters increase their understanding of the Missouri judicial system and make informed voting decisions.
For information about this process, click here.
Each April, KCMBA partners with a local news outlet to hold a telethon in which members of the public may call a hotline to receive free legal guidance from volunteers from KCMBA’s Young Lawyers Section. In 2013, Ask-A-Lawyer received nearly 1,000 calls, and attorneys answered legal questions relating to over 15 different practice areas.
For more information about Ask-A-Lawyer, click here.
KCMBA provides links to several useful legal resources on our website, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions about KCMBA to help guide the public in resolving their legal needs.
To see a glossary of common legal terms, click here.
To see a list of links to the websites of various federal and state courts and offices, click here.