Do You need a Legal Help But You Can’t Afford? Here’s What To Do

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If there is one thing that most people dread, it is going through legal trouble. Why? Mostly because it entails having to deal with lawyers. It is not that people don’t like attorneys just for the sake of it; they mostly worry about the legal expenses, which can be quite steep and problematic if you are not well-to-do. The thing is, problems happen, and you will more often than not find yourself facing trouble with the law, whether it’s in a probate case, speeding ticket, divorce, or a million other things. 

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So, if you don’t have the money for it, but you need legal help, what can you do?

Legal aid societies
This is one of your best choices if you are looking for legal help but you can’t afford it. Legal aid societies are everywhere around the country, and they provide free legal services to people who can’t afford fancy lawyers and law firms. You need to make sure that you could really enlist the help of a legal aid society, though, because most often, the household or person of interest makes too much to qualify for their help, which is for really low-income individuals who cannot even get a $50 an hour lawyer.

Legal clinic
Those are a bit similar to legal aid societies, but they specialize in civil cases rather than criminal ones. Legal clinics have strict restrictions and procedures to ensure that their clients can’t really afford legal representation, rather than those who are seeking the clinic’s help to save money. They are backed and funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), which was established by Congress to ensure that everyone gets legal aid when needed. Those clinics often deal with law firms and attorneys that take pro bono cases, and they enlist their help quite often whenever possible, especially with bigger cases that require more resources.

Contingent fees
This is one of the best approaches you could resort to if you want legal help but are a bit short on cash. Lawyers who charge contingent fees can only get paid if they win the case for you, which is perfect for personal injury cases. Lawyers at Herbert & Lux claim that personal injuries could have been avoided, but still happened because the other party was negligent in warrant compensation and justice. If you hire competent lawyers that would charge contingent fees, this can change your life because you won’t pay them anything unless they won and when they do win, you stand to make a lot of money. So, paying their legal fees would not be a problem then.

Law school clinic
This is another great option because you’d be enlisting the help of enthusiastic young lawyers to be. A lot of law school in the country has clinics that are run under the supervision of professors, where students help you navigate your way through your legal troubles. They get to gain experience in real-world legal complications, and you get solid representation under professional supervision.

Law firms
You might not know it, but there are actually law firms out there that are created to provide legal aid for people who cannot afford it. They are usually funded by grants or private donations, and they can really help you if you want a lawyer but cannot afford one. Most legal clinics know of these law firms and can point you in the right direction of one, depending on specialty, and they can help you with your case if it is within their power.

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Pro bono attorneys
Clinics and firms aside, there are actually quite a few attorneys who are willing to take your case pro bono if you cannot afford legal representation. They will put in the hours and effort needed to win you the case, and they won’t charge you anything. This is not as rare as you might think, and there are a lot of lawyers willing to use their experience to help those in need. Believe it or not, the American Bar Association actually suggests that all lawyers in the US donate around 50 hours of pro bono service a year. So, you can definitely find someone willing to give you that much, and even more.

As you can see, there are a lot of options for a person seeking legal representation without having enough money. You just need to do a little digging and ask around until you can find legal help that works with your circumstances. The important thing is, you will get legal help, no matter how much money you have on you.

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Do You need a Legal Help But You Can't Afford? Here's What To Do
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If there is one thing that most people dread, it is going through legal trouble. Why? Mostly because it entails having to deal with lawyers.

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