Affordable Lawyers for
Everyday Oregonians

How We Work

Fixed Fee Services

The Commons Law Center is different from most law firms. For most of our legal work we do not charge an hourly rate and we do not require a large, up-front retainer payment. 

Instead, we offer fixed fee legal services. That means you'll know exactly how much you'll pay for the legal help you need. And we always give you options to keep your legal costs affordable.

You may even qualify for free legal help in some situations.*

Sliding Scale Prices

We price our services on a sliding scale, so the fees you pay are tailored to your income level. We have 6 pricing tiers serving people who make up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Over half of all Oregonians qualify for our affordable legal services.

Pricing for your project will depend on your needs. We work with you to make sure you understand all of your potential fees and costs so you can make an informed decision about the help you can afford.

Teaching & Support

We want to empower you to become a better user of the legal system. We'll help when you need us, but we also want to teach you how to do some things yourself, without needing an expensive full-scope lawyer.

Our team works with our clients to provide the tools, the training, and the templates for you to be able to handle the simple parts of your case yourself. You can always have us review your work so you can be confident that you're doing things right.

If you are uncomfortable doing things yourself, or if you just need the peace of mind that comes from having a professional do the job, you can hire us to do the work for you. We always strive to offer you options that will help you meet your goals and your comfort level at an affordable price.


Income qualification required. Some Oregonians may qualify for free legal help with eviction defense, eviction records expungement, and estate planning. Contact us for details. Oregon Court Rules require us to charge on an hourly basis for most Probate cases.