Top 8 Ways to Get Free and Low Cost Legal Help

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Lawyers and legal services can cost hundreds, or even thousands. When you simply don’t have the money, it can be hard to know where to turn. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to get help. Here are the top 8:

Online Legal Information

You can visit websites like and for information on almost anything legal related. Just make sure that each website is reputable and that it’s information is up-to-date.

Pro Bono Programs

Some lawyers allot a certain amount of their time and resources to providing free legal services. Check your state’s bar association or the U.S Department of Justice website to find one near you that offers the help you are looking for.

Law School Clinics 

Certain law schools have legal clinics staffed by law students. They are designed to give the students real world experience. Contact your nearest law school to find out if they have a clinic and whether or not they can deal with your specific issue.

Sliding Scale Programs

You can find some programs that charge on a sliding scale for legal services. You can find these by a simple online search of sliding scale legal programs in your area. Be aware, that some of these programs only provide sliding scale options for low income individuals.

Legal Aid

Most communities have some sort of legal aid for those that can’t afford legal services. They provide free legal assistance or representation. Qualifying for this help usually depends on your income as well as a variety of other factors.

Legal Hotlines

These hotlines connect you to legal practitioners and usually charge by the minute. You can get legal advice on most of your legal issues and save lots of money. There typically isn’t an income requirement to use these services.

Unbundled Legal Services

Use a lawyer to handle parts of your matter and do other parts yourself. This is called unbundling legal services. You only pay for the services you are provided, instead of a general fee. 


Some nonprofits have lawyers on staff to provide legal services to those that cannot otherwise afford it. Finding one near you is as easy as searching “legal help nonprofit in (your state)”.

Don’t deny yourself the legal help you need because you don’t have much money. There are organizations and programs created specifically for you. If none of these suggestions work, ask your state’s bar association to guide you to low cost help in your area.


By: Alecia Stanton

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