If you cannot afford a lawyer, legal aid may be able to help you.
There are legal aid offices (also called legal services) throughout the United States. Legal aid offices are not-for-profit agencies that provide free legal help to people who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. While many legal aid offices only help people with very low incomes, some offices have more flexible income rules. Many legal aid offices also offer self-help resources that can help you get started.
Legal aid usually handles cases involving:
- Domestic violence– if your partner is abusing you, legal aid can help you obtain a protective order, a child custody order and divorce.
- Family law– if you have a child custody or divorce case, legal aid may be able to help. Call your local legal aid office or ask the Judge in your case to appoint a legal aid lawyer to represent you in court.
- Housing– if you are being evicted from your home or if your house is in foreclosure, legal aid may be able to help.
- Public benefits– if you have a problem with welfare, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Social Security, legal aid may be able to help.
Many legal aid offices may be able to handle other problems including immigration, consumer, and disability issues. Some legal aid offices focus on one area of law, such as disability law, or housing law. Some legal aid offices get funding from the government and that may limit the kind of cases they can take.
To find a legal aid office near you: Go to www.LawHelp.org and select the state where you live to find out who in your state may be able to help with your legal problem.