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Where To Find Free Legal Advice

Lawyers can be expensive, so if you can find free legal advice you can save a lot of money. But where do you start to look, and how do you know that you are getting the best advice? Here are some suggestions.

Online

The internet is becoming the first place that many people go when they are looking for any kind of information, and legal advice is no exception.

There is plenty of free legal advice on websites on the internet. However, if you are looking online it is important to be sure that the advice you are getting is correct. Remember that anybody can put up a website or a blog, and anybody can visit an online forum, say they are a lawyer and start giving out legal advice. It may not be true.

The advice that you will find online might be one person's opinion and that person might not be a lawyer. Even if they are a qualified attorney or government organization, they may be located in another state or even another country where the laws are different. So check the facts before you accept advice from anybody online.

Having said that, the internet is quick and easy to use. If you have a 'general interest' type of legal question that can be answered easily, you can probably find out on the internet. For example, if you want to know how long it would take to get a divorce in your state but you do not want to start calling lawyers just yet, you could find out online.

Pro Bono Legal Services

Pro bono is short for the Latin phrase 'pro bono publico' which means 'for the public good'. Pro bono lawyers usually work for non profit organizations. Sometimes they are paid by the charity or government agency that employs them, but more often they do a certain amount of pro bono work as a way of offering voluntary service to the community alongside their regular paid legal work.

The American Bar Association recommends that all lawyers offer a minimum of 50 hours pro bono service per year. However, it is not a requirement, and some state bar associations recommend less. This means that availability can be very different depending on where you live. In some cases you may have to wait before you can schedule an appointment with a pro bono lawyer for free legal advice.

Of course, you will also have to show that you could not afford to pay a lawyer. Free legal advice is not available to the rich. The rules about this vary, but usually you will need to prove that you are on a low income or that you are disadvantaged in some other way.

In the USA, you can find a list of organizations offering 'pro bono' legal advice at the Department Of Justice website.

 

Free legal advice is available if you know where to go, but you may have to accept some delay or difficulty in getting the advice that you need.

 

 

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