Free Or Reduced Legal Fees

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If you don’t believe you can afford a lawyer due to your income, there may be ways to receive help depending on your income. Every state offers free or reduced legal services for low-income individuals. Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a federally funded program designed to provide legal assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

The LSC works with programs on the state and local level to provide the aid to those who meet certain eligibility requirements. These requirements are different from state to state, so you need to check your specific state program for the requirements which need to be met for your state.

The American Bar Association (www.abanet.org) also compiles a list of lawyers and attorneys who provide pro bono services to those in financial difficulty. To qualify for pro bono service for a civil case, your income usually must be under the federal poverty income line.

People in minority groups or special situations (e.g., senior citizens, people with disabilities, military personnel, gay and lesbian, etc.) may also qualify for free or reduced legal aid. In addition to the ABA website, do a search on the web and see if any non-profit, public service organizations are listed for the legal situation for which you need assistance.