Find a Lawyer and Affordable Legal Aid

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If you ever need legal help and run into the situation where you can’t afford a lawyer know that you can get affordable legal aid. Some attorneys specialize in a certain field of law, such as business, civil, criminal, or juvenile law. Once you determine which type of attorney is right for your legal situation, you should ask about their experience, areas of expertise. Questions such as, "How would you handle my case?" and "Have you had similar cases in the past?" and "What do you charge for your services/what is your fee structure?"

Word of mouth referral is likely better as you can get a real life review but you can also check the phone book and can find legal aid online.

Find Free and Low-Cost Legal Services

  • Legal Services Corporation (LSC) - Find legal aid for low-income individuals and families.
  • Pro Bono Directory Map - Locate free legal help by state.
  • Free Legal Answers - If you have a low income and qualify for the program, you can submit your questions about civil law issues online to the American Bar Association and get answers for free from volunteer lawyers.
  • LawHelp.org - Locate free legal aid programs in your community. Find information about your legal rights by topic, such as housing, divorce, child support, and debt collection.

Get Help from Your State Consumer Protection Office

  • Contact your state consumer protection office,  which is often part of the state attorney general’s office, for help resolving consumer issues. Depending on the state and office, they may mediate complaints, conduct investigations, prosecute offenders of consumer laws, and advocate for consumer rights. Note: Your state consumer office cannot represent you in a case or against a company.

Find Legal Resources for Specific Groups

Immigrants

Military and Veterans

People with Disabilities

Seniors

  • LegalHotlines.org - Find legal services by state for people over 60.
  • Pension Rights Center -  Get free legal assistance for problems with your pension, profit sharing, or retirement savings plans.