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There are a few benefits to hiring an attorney who will work "pro bono". Many lawyers start to feel burnt out and disenchanted after a while. Some forget why they became a lawyer in the first place.
When they do pro bono work for a client they are essentially doing their case for free. This can be rather encouraging for some clients who do not have the money to hire a top-notch lawyer, especially when they charge $500 or more an hour for their time and service. A lawyer does not always have to charge a lot of money to be considered "top-notch". It all comes down to skill, experience, and their communication levels. The rest is just semantics.
Benefits of Hiring the Pro Bono Attorneys
1) This person is helping out because they want to. Most lawyers who do pro bono work are doing it willingly. No one is pointing a gun to their head. They are taking on a case because they believe in it and want to help. There is going to be heart behind that suit.
2) This lawyer is most likely going to have the same experience and skill set as someone who is taking money for their time. In order for this to happen, the client has to go to a reputable firm. Some lawyers have more skills and experience than others. The client needs to choose based on their needs at the time.
There is going to be a sense of pride here. Some lawyers are looking to get back to the basics of why they became who they are. Some are looking to get back into the game after an extended break. Some are merely looking to give back. Pro bono work is much like washing away a person's sins. At the end of the day, it does not matter how you give back, it just matters that the person gives back.