How do I find an attorney in my state?

Answer:

There are a number of ways to find an experienced attorney.  Here are some suggestions, and a state-by-state listing of free legal aid programs.

 Ideas on how to find an attorney:

  • You can contact a lawyer referral service in your area by reaching out to your state or local bar association.
  • You may qualify for free legal services through legal aid. Scroll down for a list of offices in each state.
  • You can ask people you know to suggest attorneys they have worked with in the past. 
  • You can ask an attorney you know or have worked with before if they can refer you to an attorney who has experience with issues similar to yours.
  • If you’re a servicemember, you should consult with your local . 

Ask questions 

To help determine whether the attorney has a good understanding of your situation, and to understand whether you can afford an attorney you should consider asking these questions: 

  • How much of your work involves this area of law and representing people in my situation?
  • Do you charge an up-front fee? 
  • Will I have to pay even if I lose my case in court?
  • If I can’t afford to hire you, can you refer me to a consumer law attorney who may not charge up-front fees?

Check that your attorney is in good standing

Before hiring an attorney, it is a good idea to make sure he or she is in good standing with the state bar association. You can also see if he or she has a disciplinary record. You can find this information by searching the attorney’s name on the state bar website where the attorney is licensed, or by calling the state bar association. Some states may have more than one bar association. 

Legal Aid

Some attorneys may also offer free services or charge a reduced fee. There may also be legal aid offices or legal clinics in your area that will offer their services for free if you meet certain criteria.

has a state-by-state search to help you find an attorney or you can check the state-specific legal aid information below: 

Alabama

Alabama Legal Aid Directory:

Alaska

Alaska Legal Aid Directory:

Arizona

Arizona Law Help:

Arkansas

Arkansas Legal Services Partnership:

California

California Legal Services:

Colorado

Colorado Legal Services:

Connecticut

Connecticut Network for Legal Aid:   

Delaware

Delaware Legal Services:

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Legal Services:

Florida

Florida Legal Services:

Georgia

Georgia Legal Aid:

Hawaii

Hawaii Legal Aid:

Idaho

Idaho Legal Aid:

Illinois

Illinois Legal Services:

Indiana

Indiana Legal Aid:

Iowa

Iowa Legal Aid:

Kansas

Kansas Legal Aid:

Kentucky

Kentucky Legal Aid:

Louisiana

Louisiana Legal Aid:

Maine

Maine Legal Aid:

Maryland

Maryland Legal Aid:

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Legal Services:

Michigan

Michigan Legal Aid:

Minnesota

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition:

Mississippi

Mississippi Legal Aid:

Missouri

Missouri Legal Aid:

Montana

Montana Legal Aid: 

Nebraska

Nebraska Legal Aid:

Nevada

Nevada Legal Aid:

New Hampshire

New Hampshire Legal Aid:

New Jersey

State of New Jersey:

New Mexico

New Mexico Legal Aid:

New York

New York Legal Aid: 

North Carolina

North Carolina Legal Aid:

North Dakota

North Dakota Legal Aid:

Ohio

Ohio Legal Aid:

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Legal Aid:

Oregon

Oregon Legal Aid:

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Legal Aid:

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Legal Aid:

South Carolina

South Carolina Legal Aid:

South Dakota

South Dakota Legal Aid:

Tennessee

Tennessee Legal Aid:

Texas

Texas Legal Aid:

Utah

Utah Legal Aid:

Vermont

Vermont Law Help: 

Virginia

VA Legal Aid:

Washington

Washington Legal Aid:

West Virginia

Legal Aid of West Virginia:

Wisconsin

Legal Action (Legal Aid Directory):

Wyoming

Legal Aid of Wyoming:

 

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