It’s inevitable: sooner or later, everyone of us will need a lawyer. Whether it’s for custody problems, being fired for no reason, or just to get your spouse off your back, everyone needs law advice now and then. Who can afford those high consultation prices, though? So, I have scoured the internet- so you don’t have to- and found the top four places that anyone can get free lawyer advice.
1. Law Guru – lawguru.com
This site has everything anyone looking some quick law advice: a searchable database of past questions by keyword and state, a way to ask your law questions to the general database or specific states, and the option to find a lawyer near you, or in a specific law field. For instance, if you wanted to search for a workman’s compensation lawyer in Charlotte, North Carolina, you would come up with Jacob Sussman and Bob Bollinger. Both of these lawyers’ phone numbers and websites are listed under their names, making it easy to contact either one. It’s pretty much Yahoo! Answers, only about law. It’s fast, easy to use, and can save you some time if you’re looking for a quick answer to a law question. However, if you want an answer to a little more in-depth law question, you’re better off going somewhere else.
2. Law Help – lawhelp.org
While Law Guru was for quick answers to specific questions, Law Help is for in-depth legal aid. Laid out by state, this website contains law handbooks and guides to help the average customer understand what their legal rights and responsibilities are. The information on this website is not for specific problems, but it does provide answers to common law questions, such as how to start the adoption legal process or what benefits are available under the law for the families of veterans. This website deals mostly with benefit law questions and legal custody problems, as it is intended for low-income families. There is a helpful search feature, where you can input your zip code and your legal issue, and it will give you free law help lines you can call to get more personalized help. So, if you’re looking for a law handbook on how to apply for public housing, or to find out whether or not you qualify for more credits on your taxes, this is the place to go.
3. Law Zam – lawzam.com
On the surface, this law website looks the same as most of the other websites I saw while researching for this article, but there was one key difference: it has a chat feature. Law Zam offers you the opportunity to chat live with a lawyer that specializes in the legal problem you’re experiencing. Having that option gives you the chance to explain your law question in more detail, and gives the lawyer the chance to ask you specific questions concerning your problem and give you a more personalized answer. This, in my opinion, is essential to find out what you need to know, because every legal problem is different, and every person has a different law question. It also gives you the option to ask a question, just like on Law Guru, and to search for a lawyer in your area. The chat feature, though, makes this an invaluable resource for anyone searching for legal advice.
4. Free Law Hotlines
This is not something I expected to find, if I’m honest: free law hotlines where you can call a lawyer and get legal advice over the phone. I did a Google search for free lawyer advice, and came up with at least ten different states that offer a free lawyer advice hotline with specific answers for each state. It isn’t offered for every state, and that is a downside: if you don’t live in a state that offers it, you’ll have to make do with one of the general help lines for law advice. However, if you don’t have access to a computer and need some law questions answered, these will be your best option for legal advice.
These four options are the best law advice options on the internet, and best of all, they’re completely free. In a world where money is tight across the board, these law help lines will prove invaluable to anyone looking for help with legal questions.