Individual lawyers (also called attorneys) are experts in different areas of the law. Some attorneys specialize in a certain field of law, such as business, civil, criminal, or juvenile law. You will need to determine which type of attorney is right for your legal situation. Once you find an attorney, ask about their experience, areas of expertise, and questions such as, "How would you handle my case?" and "What do you charge for your services/what is your fee structure?"
Besides asking your friends and family for the name of a good lawyer or scouring through the phone book, you can find legal aid online:
- Legal Services Corporation (LSC) - Provides low-income individuals and families with legal aid
- Online Lawyer Referral Directory - Select your state to view information about lawyer referral programs in your area.
- Stateside Legal - Free legal help for military members, veterans, and their families
- Legal Help for Veterans - Resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for legal help for veterans
- Legal Services for Individuals in Immigration Proceedings - Search your state for free legal services providers for individuals in immigration proceedings.
- Legal Help for Older Adults - The National Legal Resource Center provides a listing of legal services providers and services by state for older adults.