Everybody with a legal problem is on the prowl for the best legal advice for the lowest fee possible. However, do you also know there are tips you can use to get free legal advice? Here are some of the most viable ways of doing this:
Free Initial Consultations
Many lawyers do not charge for initial consultations. They do this for different reasons; for example, an attorney may give you a free initial consultation to prove that he or she is the best option for your case. The lawyer may also use the situation to judge if your case is worth pursuing.
Note that your free consultation is likely to last a limited time; they rarely last more than an hour. However, it is a valuable way of gauging whether your case is valuable; the lawyer won't be interested in picking up a case if he or she thinks it lacks merit or the evidence is weak.
Pro Bono Services
There are also professional attorneys who offer their services to the poor for free. There may be qualifying factors you have to meet, such as age or lack of regular income. Note that competition for these services is fierce, and only the most demanding persons usually qualify. If you need pro bono legal services, it's best to start looking in your locality because most lawyers do it as a way of giving back to the community.
If you have been charged with a crime, then you are entitled to an attorney even if you can't afford one. However, there is also a fierce completion here since those who require the services of public defenders far outweigh the available resources. You also need to qualify (for example, by showing your income falls below the required minimum wage), and request for the service before you can enjoy it; it isn't an automatic right.
Online Legal Forums
You don't have to hold a face-to-face meeting with a lawyer to get free legal advice. For example, there are multiple online forums where you can glean legitimate legal advice written (or approved) by professional attorneys. Most law firms and individual attorneys also have websites where they post general advice and discuss different legal scenarios.
These online resources may not give you the answers you need for your exact legal quandary, but they are good platforms for getting an overview of your case. After all, even if you are planning to hire a paid lawyer, it's still advisable to have some knowledge of your case.
Many (but not all) of these free sources of legal advice may only help you if you have a simple legal issue, or you are planning to hire a lawyer when it gets complicated. Therefore, if your case isn't simple, start looking for means of paying for your subsequent legal fees. Don't forget to negotiate for lower fees when you finally hire a lawyer in your area.