How It Works For Clients
1. Create Your Account
2. We Review
3. Get Started
1. Create Your AccountDo it yourself online, answer a few questions, or call to speak with one of our client success specialists.
2. We ReviewWe work together to review your legal matter and match you with an experienced attorney.
3. Get Started
How It Works
Create your account: You can create an account online or call to speak with a member of our Client Success team (Hablamos Espanol) to help you get started. Answer the questions as prompted, providing your name, location, and the type of legal case you have, so that we can verify that we have attorneys ready to work on your case!
Pay for your First Service: We offer a low introductory rate for your first legal service. Typically, you pay an upfront fee of just $249 for your first legal consultation and service (or $399 if you need business or financial services), which we securely hold for you in the CB Direct Pay™ system until your attorney has completed the work for you. The Court Buddy system allows you to choose and only pay for what you need and know what it will cost upfront, as opposed to a traditional law firm model, where you pay a steep upfront retainer and do not know how much time an attorney will charge you for until you get the bill.
We Match You with Experienced, Trusted Attorneys: You fill out a short questionnaire so that your attorney can better understand the needs of your case. Court Buddy’s algorithm will analyze the information you provide and find experienced attorneys that suit your needs and are located near you. You should expect a Court Buddy attorney to reach out to you to schedule a consultation within three (3) business hours of you submitting your questionnaire. If you do not hear back within that time, contact us and we will reach out to make sure an attorney is ready to get started!
Get Started: Begin working with your matched attorney who will reach out to you through the Court Buddy message board or the CourtBuddy Chat® app. All communications are secure and easy. You will receive an email or text notification when your attorney sends you a message. Simply log in to your account to view your messages. You are never obligated to work with any particular attorney. If, after speaking to or messaging your attorney match, you do not think they are a good fit for you, you can request to be matched to another attorney.
Release Funds to Your Attorney: Once your attorney completes your first service, they will request payment through the CB Direct Pay™ system. You confirm that the work has been done and authorize that your funds be released. It’s that simple! At this point, if you’ve received all the help you need, we’re glad we could help. Please give us feedback for your attorney and tell your family and friends about Court Buddy!
Pay as You Go if You Need More Help: If you want to keep working with your attorney, you can hire them for more work and pay as you go for as many legal services as you need. We have identified the most frequently requested services for all of the different types of cases our attorneys handle on the Court Buddy platform. Your attorney can give you a proposal explaining what other services you should consider buying. Each legal service you purchase through Court Buddy will be for a set, fixed price, typically, $399 per service, though some services are priced higher if they are more complex. With Court Buddy, legal services are affordable and there are no surprises.
Match Guarantee or It's Free: We are so confident that you will find Court Buddy helpful that if we cannot find you an available attorney to work on your case, we will return any amount you pay towards your first legal service.
Access to justice is a fundamental human right for all, not a privilege for the few. The phrase "with liberty and justice for all" in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance represents the idea that justice should be accessible to everyone. In criminal cases, legal assistance is a right. However, there is no right in civil matters, and most low to moderate-income people go it alone without legal representation.
Studies show that people have dramatically lower rates of success when they try to solve their legal problems without the assistance of an attorney. An October 2018 study from Harvard Law School's Access to Justice Lab showed that when a legal aid group in Philadelphia County directed low-income divorce-seekers to use self-help resources to assist them with divorce, only 5 percent managed to end their divorces without an attorney. Another example in New York City showed that when tenants represent themselves in court, they are evicted in almost 50 percent of the cases. With a lawyer, they win 90 percent of the time. Almost 90 percent of landlords are represented by a lawyer. Regardless of your legal matter, you should expect that the other side will have a lawyer and know that a judge, based on the Code of Conduct for United States Judges should not act as an arbitrator or mediator or otherwise perform judicial functions apart from the judge's official duties unless expressly authorized by law. Which means, they are not supposed to give legal advice.
Civil Cases involve conflicts between people for personal or business matters. They are cases where people sue each other (in court), typically over money for failure to live up to one's obligations to another. One person (or party) claims to have been harmed by another's actions as a result. They include family law cases such as divorce or child custody, financial matters (which are claims involving money) such as bankruptcy, contracts, landlord-tenant issues including evictions, debt relief for credit cards, mortgages, education bills, and more.
The Justice Gap is growing. Reports show that seven out of every ten low to moderate-income households have experienced at least one legal problem a year, many of which are civil legal problems. However, they only seek help 20% of the time. Many who don't seek legal help report concerns about the cost of such help, not being sure if their issues are legal in nature and not knowing where to look for help. In case after case, people caught up in our court system who try to represent themselves in matters of landlord-tenant lawsuits, foreclosures and family disputes, often fail to navigate the complexities of the law or they don't realize their rights or that they have a claim.
A Pew Research Center survey conducted in 2019 found that nine-in-ten black adults (87%) said they are generally treated less fairly by the criminal justice system than whites. And in a survey shortly before the 2019 midterm elections, 79% of blacks said the way racial and ethnic minorities are treated by the criminal justice system is a very big problem in the United States today. From crime and policing to the use of computer algorithms in parole decisions, concerns are real and growing with the potential for devastating personal and professional consequences. This also includes giving all people back their rights to vote who were convicted of a felony to weigh in on the issues and needs for reforms that have impacted their lives. Without a voice and the ability to vote, how can things change?
Criminal Justice is a big "Latino Issue." Latinos represent 17% of the United States population. They are overrepresented as victims of violence and among those being behind bars in prison. Latinos under 30 are almost two times more likely to be homicide victims as whites the same age according to the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California. They are also more likely to be threatened or attacked with a gun. And when Latinos do report crimes, their reports are less likely to lead to an arrest than the same crimes do when victims are white. In prisons, 20 percent are Latino according to the Department of Justice, which indicates that if the current rate continues, one of every six Latino men can expect to spend time in jail over their lifetime.
Pro Se Self Representation (is Latin meaning "for oneself" or "on behalf of oneself") is when people represent themselves personally or their business in their legal case before an administrative body or court. A quote often attributed to Abraham Lincoln goes as follows "He who represents himself has a fool for a client." When you represent yourself, you are held to much the same level of competence as an attorney. Lawyering is much more than doing a Google or Reddit search online, knowing a few buzzwords and legalese. The answers vary by state and jurisdiction. Laws in New York, Georgia, or California are not the same. We use doctors to diagnose our medical issues, accountants to prepare our taxes and mechanics to fix our cars. The costs of not doing so could be far greater. Just imagine the impact of a misdiagnosed medical issue.
The law is complex. Lawyers are trained and experienced to know what to look for, where to look, and how to help. Objectivity is a necessity in matters of the law and knowledge of the facts can be secondary to understanding the law, legal procedure requirements, and how to present one's case.
Court Buddy looked at the data from its own business and multiple other sources including the American Bar Association, Legal Aid, The ACLU, The State Bar of California, National Council of La Raza, Lawyers and the Legal Services Corporation. Did you know that almost 80% of low-income individuals cannot afford legal assistance due to high upfront retainers and ongoing costs? The middle class struggles too with forty to sixty percent of their legal needs going unmet. The need is for high quality, affordable legal services from lawyers who get it and are committed to offering it. Court Buddy has thousands of attorneys on its platform who want to make the world a better place by making a difference in someone's life.
Court Buddy attorneys take the time to understand you and your legal matter. They educate, inform, and empower you to know your rights with If you do need one, we provide lawyers and legal services at set, fixed rates, so you know what you're buying and what it will cost upfront. There are no retainers and no surprises which means that you only pay for the legal services you need.
And the process is easy. Whether you need legal advice for a personal or business matter, assistance with understanding and filling out legal documents or forms, legal representation in court, negotiation with a contract, lease or settlement of a debt, legal case or other kind, we have the legal help. You can sign up online or over the phone and get started working with your attorney in as little as a few minutes!
The best money spent, is money spent on taking care of yourself, your family, and your livelihood. With Court Buddy, you have a friend-in-law to help ensure that regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, beliefs, wealth, and place you live, you are getting the justice you deserve.