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Choosing A Lawyer
How To Find & Choose A Lawyer
Free Or Low Cost Lawyers
Lawyers & Legal Fees

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How To Find & Choose A Lawyer

Tips On Where To Find A Lawyer

The Initial Interview-Is the Lawyer You're Talking To The Best One For The Job?
Some good observations that may keep you from hiring the wrong  lawyer for the job.

Lawyer Locators & Referrals (Consumer-SOS)

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Lawyer Locators & Referrals

www.lawyers.com (All 50 States & DC)
Search here for lawyers based on their location and specialty.

http://www.attorneylocate.com/ (All 50 States & DC)
Attorney Locate is FREE to the public.  Attorney Locate allows you to search for an attorney based on location and practice area.  Many of the attorneys listed have provided full web sites or a detailed profile outlining their education, experience and commitment to the practice of law as well as other useful legal information.

Findlaw's Lawyers and Law Firms (All 50 States & DC)

Martindale-Hubble Lawyer Locator
(All 50 States & DC)

ABA Lawyer Referral Services (DC & All 50 States)
Mostly Phone #s, not many links.

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Free Or Low Cost Lawyers

Lawyers For Specific Causes (Consumer-SOS) 
Aids, Artists, Immigrants, Seniors and more.

4 Cases Where You Can Qualify For Free Legal Services (Nolo.com)

Income Requirements For Legal Aid Or Pro bono Help (ABA)

Legal Aid & Clinics (All 50 States & DC)

The Directory of Pro Bono Programs (All 50 States & DC)  
Lawyers for those who can't afford one. Scroll down to the bottom of their page, click on their drop box and select your state.  Has other legal help in addition to legal aid.  If you are seeking legal representation, look to the listings in the county in which you live or in one near you. Those programs that provide service on a stateside basis are listed at the top of each state listing. 

http://www.ptla.org/links/services.htm (All 50 States & DC) 
Where available, each state has resources relating to complaints & disputes, courts & legal process, fees & costs, hiring a lawyer, legal aid & clinics, referral  services, and self representation.

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Legal Help For Specific Groups Or Causes

Aids Fed Law & Law In Other States
Artists Environment
Asians Hispanics
Cancer Homeless
Children/Juveniles Homeowners
Civil Rights/Relig. Expression Inventors
Conservative Values Lawyer Referrals
Consumer Law Veterans
Criminal Defense Women
Elderly & Disabled Miscellaneous


Aids

Pine Tree Legal Assistance Links (All 50 States & DC)
Free lawyers for low income people, state by state and some cities too.

Nationwide Directory Of Legal Aids &Pro Bono Groups
Scroll to the very bottom to select your state from their drop box. Has links to free legal services in DC & All 50 states. 

See Consumer-SOS/Disabilities
 

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Artists

Volunteer Lawyers For The Arts (Throughout The US)
Free help with protecting and enforcing the rights of artists.

The Alliance for The Arts Estate Project (National)
Provides practical estate planning advice to all artists, especially those living with HIV/AIDS.

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Asians

The National Asian Pacific Bar Association
Professional Bar association of Asian American attorneys and law students that offers free legal clinics and education on Asian-American issues.

Asian Law Association Links
Scroll down to their "Minority Law Resources"

See Immigrants and Refugees

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Cancer

Mesotheliomia & Asbestos

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Children/Juveniles

See Children & Parents

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Civil Rights/Religious Expression

National Directory Of Civil Rights Organizations (All 50 States & DC)

Alliance Defense Fund (AZ, CA, GA, KS, LA, TN, DC)
Free lawyers to help Defend your religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the preservation of marriage and the family. The Alliance Defense Fund regularly combats the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other like-minded organizations in their efforts to limit public acknowledgement of God. We are convinced that, by God's continued grace, America can be truly free again - with no restraints on the Gospel's proclamation; no unconstitutional restrictions on your right to speak, pray and worship.

The Center For Individual Rights
(CIR) is a nonprofit public interest law firm
dedicated to the defense of individual liberties. CIR provides free legal representation to deserving clients who cannot otherwise afford or obtain legal counsel and whose individual rights are threatened.

National Alliance Against Christian Discrimination (And Other Pro-Christian Groups with Lawyers)

Christian Legal Society (703) 642-1070
The CLS is a national organization where lawyers and law students can enjoy Christian fellowship.  While they don't usually provide free legal counsel, they may be willing to help you if your religious rights have been violated. 

Christian Law Association (813) 399-8300
Located in Seminole, Florida, this group does trial work for religious liberty issues and offer help even to non-Florida residents.

American Civil Liberties Union  
The ACLU is a private volunteer-based, non-profit organization engaged in community education, legislative action, and litigation on selected civil liberties issues.  The ACLU takes civil rights/civil liberties cases which it believes will have a far reaching impact on the state of the law.  In the past, the ACLU has taken up causes involving freedom of association, freedom of speech, the right to vote, the freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures, separation of church and state issues i.e. freedom of religion and freedom from religion, right to a fair trial, etc. 

Western Center For Law And Religious Freedom (503) 588-2532
As the trial advocacy arm of the Christian Legal Society, this agency defends religious freedoms under the U.S. Constitution.

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Conservative/Republican Causes

The Center For Individual Rights
(CIR) is a nonprofit public interest law firm
dedicated to the defense of individual liberties. CIR provides free legal representation to deserving clients who cannot otherwise afford or obtain legal counsel and whose individual rights are threatened.

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Consumer Law

The Office Of The Attorney General (All 50 States)
This state agency has attorneys to help people who have been victims of various unfair practices. Many also have online brochures on numerous consumer topics.

National Consumer Law Center (202) 986-6060 (617) 523-8010
This nonprofit group offers free consumer advice to legal services providers serving low income individuals.  Private lawyers can get the same advice for a fee of $160/hr.  The National Consumer Law Center also represents consumer issues before Congress and government agencies.  Do not call if you are an aggrieved consumer as they will not take consumer complaints directly from the public.  

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Criminal Defense

List Of Legal Services In All 50 States (No Links)
May have contacts or know who else can help you.

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association
If you've been unsuccessful finding a defender through the phone directory, Internet, bar association, or court. Call or e-mail NLADA, 202-452-0620, info@nlada.org

Prison Ministries, Support Groups & Legal Help
Hundreds of links all in alphabetical order.

See Criminal Justice

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The Elderly/Disabled

Legal Hotlines For Older Americans  
Free legal help for people in 
AZ, CA, DC, GA, HI, IA, IN, KS, KY, MD, ME, MI, MS, NH, NM, OH, PA, PR, TN, TX, WA, WV.

Other Senior Hotlines (Google)
Has South Carolina and other states not listed above.

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The Environment
  (Groups With Lawyers On Staff)

Sorry.  There are no resources available here at this time.  Please check back later.

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Hispanics

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
This non-profit group protects and promotes the civil rights of the more than 35 million Latinos living in the United States. They are national in scope and have offices in AZ, CA, GA, IL, NM, TX and Washington DC. Call them even if you live in another state.

See Immigrants and Refugees

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The Homeless

For More See The Homeless

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Homeowner  

See Home Matters

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Inventors

Inventor Nationwide Pro Bono Program
Are you an inventor or small business who has limited resources and needs help applying for a patent on an invention? If so, you may be eligible to receive pro bono (“for free”) attorney representation. See also the Participating Pro Bono Programs In Each State.


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Law In Other States/Fed Law

http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/

http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/state_statutes.html#property

The Code Of Federal Regulations (CFRs)

The United States Code

For More See Legal Research Links

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Veteran's Advocacy

Veteran Pro Bono Resources (Free Legal Help Throughout The US)
Volunteer lawyer or legal aid groups that help our veterans.

Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.

National Veterans Legal Service Program (NVLSP) (Disability Benefits)

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (For US Appeals Ct Claims Re Veteran's Issues)

American Legion
Helps veterans in Jobs, Benefits, Education, Health Care, Family and Finances
 
VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Whether it's helping service members and their families through long deployments or cope with rough financial times, NMS programs put our military families first. From providing free phone time and emergency financial assistance to farewell and welcome home ceremonies and college scholarships, the NMS department is here supporting our troops day in and day out.

DAV (Disabled American Veteran)

  • Free professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.
  • Provides a structure through which disabled veterans can express their compassion for their fellow veterans through a variety of volunteer programs.
  • Outreach concerning its program services to the American people generally, and to disabled veterans and their families specifically.
  • Represents the interests of disabled veterans, their families, their widowed spouses and their orphans before Congress, the White House and the Judicial Branch, as well as state and local government.

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Women

National Women's Law Center (202) 588-5180
A public policy group that does research and advocacy on national landmark cases affecting women and their families.  They deal with issues such as abortion, health care, child care, employment and education.  Call them for help, publicity or referrals. 

Service Women's Action Network (SWAN)
Securing equal opportunity and freedom to serve without discrimination, harassment or assault; and to reform veterans’ services to ensure high quality health care and benefits for women veterans and their families.

See Domestic Violence

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Miscellaneous Groups

See Consumer-SOS Main Law Topics

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Lawyer Referrals 

Martindale-Hubble Lawyer Locator (All 50 States & DC)


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Working With Lawyers
Tips On How To Cut Down Costs
Common Problems With Lawyers
Legal Fees

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Tips On How To Cut Down Costs

Ways To Save On Legal Fees (Nolo.com)

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Common Problems With Lawyers

Common Problems-What To Do (Nolo.com)

What To Do When You're Mad At Your Lawyer (Nolo.com)

Identifying Problems When Working With Your Lawyer
Also has some tips on what to do about them.

Lawyers & Legal Fees (Consumer-SOS)

Complaints Against Your Lawyer (Consumer-SOS)

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Complaints

Where To File A Formal Grievance Against Your Lawyer 
Scroll down to select your state.

Bar Associations In Every State & DC
Links to State Bar Associations and sometimes includes county bar associations as well. 

Lawyers & Legal Malpractice-Firing & Suing Them (Nolo.com)

State Bar Ethics Rules For All States & DC 
Choose your state, select your topics and go. Learn what your lawyer did wrong and what he must do right! Links to the rules and ethical opinions that lawyers must answer to in all 50 states & DC. In some cases may also have the rules that judges must answer to.

The Rules That Govern Lawyers (All 50 States & DC) 

Find The AARP In Your State
The AARP offers legal advocacy for seniors and may also have state specific consumer brochures which are available to everyone.

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Lawyers & Legal Fees

Confirming Your Arrangement And Discussing Legal Fees
What to ask from the attorney when it comes time to discuss legal fees.

Tips On How To Cut Down Costs 
(Consumer-SOS)

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