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What are My Options for Getting Legal Help?


Law Soup gives you basic information that may answer your questions. But if you have a case or situation that you need help with, you may need a lawyer, or possibly just a document preparation service. We’ve compiled some great resources for you on this page.

I just have a quick legal question. What resources are available?

Step 1: Law Soup.

First, check Law Soup’s Legal Guides to see if there’s an answer. (We’re constantly working on adding more content. Check back often!)

However, you should know that often a “simple question” is not so simple, and may require a significant effort to resolve. It’s hard for a lay person to know whether your issue is fully resolved or not, which is why it’s usually a good idea to check with a lawyer.

Step 2: Rocket Lawyer.

If it’s not on Law Soup, your question may be complicated and you may need to spend a little money to get help. We’re partnering with Rocket Lawyer, which has lawyers ready to answer your question for just $49.99! (Save $200+ vs hiring a lawyer) Ask a Lawyer now!1NOTE: Law Soup Media, Inc. may receive compensation from Rocket Lawyer if you use any of their services. We stand by every company we endorse. Your purchases from these companies through our links help keep us around to provide you with free legal info! Thank you.

I need more help than that. What should I do?

Consumer Complaints

If you have a complaint or dispute as a consumer, FairShake can help you resolve it and get compensation! No cost for you unless you win money.

Need Documents Prepared?

For affordable legal documents and services, including consultations with lawyers, we personally recommend Rocket Lawyer.2NOTE: Law Soup Media, Inc. may receive compensation from Rocket Lawyer if you use any of their services. We stand by every company we endorse. Your purchases from these companies through our links help keep us around to provide you with free legal info! Thank you. Rocket Lawyer provides services for families, individuals, and businesses. And they are currently offering a 7 day FREE TRIAL, so sign up ASAP!

Or try to find a good lawyer on your own.

If you are in California and you have business or tax related legal needs, check out the law practice of Law Soup founder, Tristan Blaine.

For business needs outside California, you can find a great lawyer on UpCounsel and get $100 credit when you hire someone.3NOTE: Law Soup Media, Inc. may receive compensation from UpCounsel if you use any of their services. We stand by every company we endorse. Your purchases from these companies through our links help keep us around to provide you with free legal info! Thank you.

For all other needs, try calling your local bar association and ask for a lawyer referral service. You can find a listing of local bar associations through the American Bar Association.

Just as with medical issues, don’t hesitate to get a second (or third) opinion about your legal issue. Lawyers certainly don’t always agree about how to approach a particular situation.

Help! I’m Being Sued!

Here’s what you should know.

How much does it cost to get legal help?

See our guide to Legal Costs.

What kind of lawyer do I need?

See our guide “What Kind of Lawyer Do I Need?

I’m not sure if I can afford a lawyer. What are my options?

Ask your local bar association if they have a sliding scale fee program, sometimes called “low bono.” Or simply tell them you are looking for a lower cost lawyer.

Note about costs: If you are thinking about suing, for certain types of cases, such as employment or personal injury, you may be able to get a lawyer to handle your case for NO out of pocket cost. These lawyers often simply take a percentage of any money you win in court (this is called working on “contingency”).

Free or low cost legal services. If you don’t have much income, you may qualify for “pro bono” legal services, which is free or low cost legal assistance, which you can find out about at ProBono.net. For small businesses, the SBA (Small Business Administration) offers free consultations with lawyers for those who qualify.

Also try attending a legal clinic. These are events where lawyers are available to talk with you for a limited amount of time. They are usually free or cost a nominal fee, and you can find them at law schools or through community organizations.

Someone is threatening to do illegal activity or has done illegal activity. What can I do?

If it’s an immediate threat, call 911 right away. Otherwise, report it with the Department of Justice. See our Guide to Victims Rights for more.

Further Resources

You can find more specific resources for California

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