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Who and How to Receive Service
Who and How to Receive Pro Bono Services

Nongovernmental commonweal and charitable organizations
* Free legal consulting services
* Long-term free counselor services
* Free litigation/ arbitration services
* Free legal training and legal advice services

Just like corporates, non-governmental commonweal and charitable organizations, as non-profit legal persons, may have to deal with many legal issues with respect to tax, labor, contract, industry and commerce and intellectual property right in their regular operation. Similarly, they may be involved in civil disputes that should be settled through litigation or arbitration. Compared with corporates, however, such organizations, especially a large number of NGOs, are usually short of funds, particularly, budgets for legal fees, and hence may fall into a passive situation whenever they face legal problems.

Since governmental legal assistance is only offered to individuals, Wider Center organizes Pro Bono lawyers specialized in the field of company law and civil and commercial law to render free legal consulting and advisory services for eligible nongovernmental commonweal and charitable organizations, enabling them to enjoy a sound operation and development, free from any worries about legal problems.

When such organizations have any legal disputes, Wider Center will help them to find suitable Pro Bono lawyers to represent them in litigations, arbitrations, negotiations or mediations with a view to safeguarding and fighting for their legitimate rights and interests.

In addition, Wider Center will also arrange Pro Bono lawyers to offer certain legal training based on the needs of those organizations, to issue legal opinions with regard to the activities and programs launched by those organizations and give assistance including legal analysis to the organizations that need to draft suggestions on legislation and propose opinions on policies.

Individuals introduced by nongovernmental commonweal and charitable organizations
* Free legal consulting services
* Free legal document drafting services
* Free litigation/ arbitration services

The groups served by nongovernmental commonweal and charitable organizations, namely, individuals belong to the poverty group, the vulnerable group and marginalized group, are those Wider Center seeks to assist.
When learning such person’s legal needs, a nongovernmental commonweal or charitable organization may introduce him/her to Wider Center to apply for Pro Bono legal services. Wider Center will assist the applicant to apply to governmental legal aid center for help if he/she eligible for governmental legal aid; otherwise, Wider Center will look for suitable Pro Bono lawyers to provide free services to the applicant if he/she is eligible for Wider Center’s aid standards.

The public
To offer free legal consulting services to the public, Wider Center will gradually launch Pro Bono legal service hotlines (by phone and via internet) and legal clinic service outlets, arranging lawyers on duty to answer calls and receive visitors.