Being in trouble with the law is one of the most stressful situations that you’ll ever be in. But more than the emotions that come with trying to prove yourself innocent, there is also the added pressure of having to pay for a lawyer to defend you. And because most legal battles are not something that you prepared for nor wanted to be in, you may not be financially prepared to cover the expenses of getting legal assistance. The Law Office of Jon R. Boyd offers competitive pricing for an experienced Plano divorce attorney,
While you can always call on us for assistance, the good news is, there are still ways to seek legal help even if you can’t afford a lawyer:
Find law firms offering legal aid
No matter where you live, you will find a law firm or two that specializes in offering legal aid to clients who don’t have enough money to pay for a lawyer. These firms usually operated under trusts, grants or private donations and you can easily find lawyers like a Plano divorce attorney who specialize in certain areas like family law, criminal law or even property law.
Seek assistance from a law school
Law students may not be fully practicing lawyers just yet, but they still have the same foundations that every registered lawyer has, so they may offer you sound advice on your case. Some states even allow students in law schools to represent a client under the guidance of a divorce attorney who is also a faculty member of that school.
Visit legal clinics
If you’re dealing with a civil case, you might want to try seeking assistance from legal clinics that are usually funded by the Legal Services Corporations with the goal of making legal services available to individuals who cannot afford to hire a lawyer.
Just make sure to bring proof that you have resource restrictions and low income because legal clinics are a little strict on who to represent to avoid individuals taking advantage of their services even if they can actually afford a lawyer. Legal clinics also have connections to pro bono attorneys or law firms that are registered with them, so it’s easier for you to find a divorce attorney who specializes in your case.
Look for pro bono lawyers
A lot of lawyers often offer their services free of charge to individuals who don’t have the means to pay them. This is a way of giving back for them by offering their time and experience to representing cases for people with limited financial resources.
In fact, the American Bar Association actually recommends that each practicing lawyer should render at least fifty hours of pro bono services every year and other states are strict about requiring their lawyers to donate time for pro bono service in a year.
The law gives equal chances for everyone to be heard before a final judgment is made. Even if you cannot afford to pay for a lawyer, you can always find ways to seek legal assistance from these options to make sure that you defend yourself well and prove your innocence in front of a court.
The Law Office of Jon R. Boyd practices Family and Probate Law and has two offices located in Granbury and Plano, Texas. We‘re happy to offer our services here and to the surrounding areas: Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Lewisville, Denton, The Colony, Little Elm, Carrollton, Richardson, Addison, Dallas or Fort Worth