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let us say an attorney who is also a close friend of mine assist me just thanks to our friendship, without charging any fee. Question is, is there a way to refer to such kind of situation? Would you use something like assisted on a friendly basis, or in friendship?

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I've heard the Latin expression pro bono being used when a lawyer agrees to work at a reduced fee, or even without charging any fee.

As far as I know, it is used both when the client is a friend or relative and when the client cannot afford to pay the fee.

  • Is there a way of saying to avoid confusion between those two cases (friend, unable to afford)? – mario May 23 '16 at 17:25
  • Not that I know of. – A. Darwin May 23 '16 at 17:39
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    Specifically because you said "on a friendly base", in American English, that phrase would be "on a friendly basis". You could also say, "as a favor to a friend." – mkennedy May 24 '16 at 21:06

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