PRO BONO LAWYERS IN SINGAPORE

With years of experience and knowledge, our team of pro bono lawyers are well-equipped to guide you through any legal issues you may encounter. We recognise that legal fees in Singapore may be high and challenging to cover for several groups of individuals. At Tembusu Law, we believe deeply in the right to representation and justice for every individual. Volunteers in panels including the Criminal Legal Assistance Scheme (CLAS), Legal Assistance Scheme for Capital Offences (LASCO), Consumer Association of Singapore (CASE) and the Community Legal Clinics by the Law Society of Singapore, our pro bono lawyers offer free legal consultations for individuals who require legal help.

Free Legal Advice & Counsel

Working as volunteer pro bono lawyers in the legal clinics in Singapore, our team doles out free legal advice for individuals who require it but may not have sufficient budget for standard legal fees. Seeking legal advice can often be far from affordable as an option for many but representation is still crucial nonetheless. Our pro bono lawyers work hard to guide our clients in navigating and making informed decisions in their legal matters.

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Our pro bono lawyers are experienced and skilled in handling the following:

  • Commercial or business dispute resolution
  • Representation in criminal cases (capital & non-capital offences) 
  • Divorce or family law cases 
  • Personal disputes 

When you engage our pro bono lawyer, you can seek a range of advice from various legal areas in Singapore. Understanding the different legal options available to help you in your case is important. Every individual has the right to legal help, which is why we work hard to provide the legal services required by those who need them.

LEGAL ADVICE vs LEGAL AID

There are some differences between legal advice and legal aid. Legal advice refers to the information you receive from a pro bono lawyer during a consultation to discuss your case. The lawyer will guide you on how to move forward with a particular matter, the avenues to reach out to and the alternative legal options available to you. Free legal advice can be obtained from some legal clinics in Singapore which may be run by both government agencies or non-profit organisations. 

Legal aid typically refers to free or subsidised legal assistance provided for your legal matters. You may be appointed a volunteer lawyer to assist you in every stage of your case. On top of legal advice, the scope of the free legal aid work may include drafting of legal documents as well as representation in court.

To seek free legal advice and aid, individuals must generally meet a set of requirements to qualify for both. For more information, please read the eligibility requirements in our FAQ section below.

You may get in touch with us if you require free legal advice or aid, and we will connect you with a pro bono lawyer suitable to your case.

As a community-focused law firm in Singapore, we are committed to creating and maintaining greater access to legal help and justice. The tailored solutions put together by our pro bono lawyers have helped many solve legal problems and disputes. With a fair, transparent and joint decision-making approach, we can put together the best solution for you, whether as a form of legal advice or the full suite of legal assistance.

Proving irretrievable breakdown of marriage

Irretrievable breakdown of marriage refers to a situation where both spouses are no longer able or willing to live together as husband and wife. In Singapore, irretrievable breakdown of marriage must be proven with at least one of the following legal grounds of marriage to successfully file a divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Unreasonable behaviour
  • Desertion
  • Separation

Each of the above entails a set of requirements to prove that are reasonable grounds to file a divorce. In certain instances, you will need to provide good evidence to support your case. A divorce lawyer will walk you through the necessary steps to obtain the required information to present to the Family Justice Courts in Singapore. For more information, you may browse our knowledge base.

SPEAK WITH OUR PRO BONO LAWYERS TODAY

The Tembusu Approach is rooted in the belief that we can advocate and impact positive social change as we improve the lives of individuals and communities in our legal and justice system. Following that, our team of dedicated lawyers is committed to supporting every individual who may require representation or free legal advice in Singapore. Get in touch with our team of pro bono lawyers for free consultation support today.

Frequently Asked Questions About PRO BONO in Singapore

What does pro bono mean?

The term ‘pro bono’ is derived from the Latin phrase ‘pro bono publico’ which loosely translates to ‘for the public good’. When explored within the legal context, pro bono work refers to free or subsidised legal services to persons with limited means. It also includes work done for non-profit organisations attending to the needs of those persons.

What do pro bono lawyers do?

Pro bono lawyers provide legal services to those who have limited means to obtain them. These services include legal advice as well as legal aid which comprises the full suite of assistance, from documentation filing to representation in Court. These services may be offered free of charge or at subsidised fees, subject to the successful fulfilment of the eligibility requirements. 

How to qualify for free legal advice and aid in Singapore?

For legal advice and assistance, you will need to pass a means test that assesses your financial circumstances. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Average Per Capita Gross Monthly Household Income (PCHI) is $950 or below for the last 12 months prior to your application
  • Annual value of the residence you own is $13,000 or below
  • Savings and non-CPF investments are $10,000 or below if you are younger than 60 years old
  • Savings and non-CPF investments are $40,000 or below if you are aged 60 and above

In addition to the means test, you must pass the merits test to qualify for legal aid. It ascertains whether you have reasonable grounds to bring a case to the Court.

How can I find a pro bono lawyer in Singapore?

There are a number of pro bono schemes in Singapore specialising in civil and criminal legal aid, and general legal advice. These are managed by government agencies, such as the Legal Aid Bureau and the Supreme Court, community legal clinics such as those managed by the Law Society of Singapore as well as various non-profit organisations. Alternatively, you can get in touch with us to find a pro bono lawyer.

What if I don’t qualify for free legal aid in Singapore?

In the event you do not meet the eligibility requirements for free legal aid in Singapore, you can book a free consultation with us to seek advice on your matter. We understand that the legal processes can be financially exhausting – we will work closely with you to find the various options you can opt for and find the next best approach for you.

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