It is tough to find a good attorney who is versed in park/marina law who doesn’t already represent the park or marina owners. OSTA maintains a list of private attorneys that we know or whose work we are familiar with, and whom we consider to be park/marina tenant-friendly lawyers.
These attorneys do charge for their services. Some of them may offer brief free initial consults or may be able to direct you to another resource which may better suit your particular needs.
The Oregon State Bar offers a lawyer referral program where they will hear your issue and then provide you with the contact information of a lawyer who may be able to help you with your legal matter and who is close to you or the location where assistance is needed.
If you contact the lawyer they referred you to within 2 business days, then you are entitled to an initial consultation of up to 30 minutes for a maximum fee of $35. After the initial consultation, lawyers may charge their normal fee. The Lawyer Referral Service does not have any free or pro bono lawyers.
Oregon lawyers created the Modest Means Program to help moderate-income Oregonians find affordable legal assistance. The program is intended to help those who earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but who cannot afford traditional legal fees. Modest Means lawyers have agreed to charge reduced rates for legal work provided to clients referred to them through the program. There is no grant, fund or subsidy that makes up the difference between the lawyers’ regular rates and the Modest Means Program rates. The lawyers agree to charge reduced rates because they believe in the mission of this program and want to help.
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) provides legal help to low-income Oregonians via regional offices, hotlines, and programs. One of their highest priority legal needs includes access to safe, affordable housing.
LASO provides a range of services – including legal assistance and representation, self-help information, free legal clinics, and pro bono assistance – that help guide them through complicated legal proceedings to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families.
OSTA fought for the enforcement of existing laws with SB 586 and the legislature adopted a law that provides a program four-year pilot program that will provide free legal representation to help low-income tenants when their landlords violate ORS Chapter 90 laws.
This is a new program beginning January 1, 2020 and is not fullly operational at this time. But the Oregon Housing and Community Services Dispute Resolution Committee is working to fill the attorney position and get the program running.