How can I get free legal help in the greater Los Angeles area?
The greater Los Angeles area isn’t just home to some of the most valuable real estate in the world. It’s also one of the most costly places to live, from high gas prices to expensive groceries to the price of legal help. Finding an inexpensive or free attorney in Los Angeles is difficult, but not impossible.
Conexion Legal can set you up with a free legal help consultation as you begin your search. Simply call us at 1-800-201-1220 or write to us through WhatsApp to schedule your appointment, and follow the helpful tips below.
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What are my cheap or free legal help options?
Judicial Self-Help Service
All California Superior Courts have legal help available to people who do not have lawyers, and who are representing themselves. These services are organized by county, and the state has an extensive catalogue of legal self-help services.
Legal Aid Agencies and Non-Profits
Many charity organizations and non-profits provide legal aid and basic legal services for low-income clients who cannot afford to hire an attorney. These entities, though, do not have unlimited time or funds, and often rely on donations of time and money. Because of their limited resources, they tend to focus only on cases that deal with significant impacts to daily life, and require that those seeking free legal help have very low incomes in order to qualify for help.
The State Bar of California funds legal aid organizations throughout the state that provide legal services to Californians with low or moderate incomes. These organizations usually focus on specific issues, like custody and family law, disability rights and veterans benefits.
If you have been charged with a crime, and cannot afford to hire an attorney, the you may be eligible for a public defender. If a public defender is unable to take your case, or if there are no public defenders available in your area, the court will appoint another attorney to represent you, free of charge. Under California law, defendants no longer are required to pay back public defender fees unless they are ultimately convicted.
Even if you are not eligible to receive state-provided legal services, Conexion Legal can help guide you to low-cost legal options.
Other Low-Cost Legal Help Options
Some law schools offer free legal clinics for certain types of legal matters. These clinics are usually directed by clinical professors, staffed by law students getting hands-on experience and typically provide free legal service in a particular area. Because the quality of legal representation provided by the state can be questionable — due to excessive workloads, short staffing and insufficient public funding — these clinics can often be a better option. In many cases, the clinic’s professors (who are accredited attorneys) will show up for oral argument before the Court, though there are some jurisdictions that allow law-clinic students to appear and argue in court.
Prepaid legal service plans include legal advice over the phone, access to legal databases, review of simple legal documents and various other services from a network of discounted attorneys.
While you have the right to represent yourself in court, hiring an attorney is the safest, most prudent route to take, especially in cases that involve personal injury or insurance companies, who deny claims and try to minimize payments.
Conexion Legal can help you find the attorney who fits your case, and your financial limitations. If you or a loved one are in need of free or low-cost legal help, contact Conexion Legal at 1-800-201-1220 or write to us through WhatsApp. We can schedule a free legal help consultation, and connect you with an inexpensive or free attorney in Los Angeles.