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How to Find Legal Help When You Can’t Afford a Lawyer

Whether you need help drawing up a will or a contract – or you’re facing some sort of legal jeopardy or dilemma – hiring an attorney can be expensive.

According to and related websites, most lawyers charge between $100 and $300 an hour. That can feel prohibitive if you need a lawyer to get you out of a legal jam or protect your assets, but you don’t feel like you have any money to spare. Here are some reasons you may need a lawyer:

  • Family law issues, like a contentious divorce.
  • Estate planning.
  • Personal injury.
  • Criminal charges.
  • A restraining order.
  • Your business needs to be restructured or dissolved.
  • You are facing bankruptcy.

In a criminal proceeding, if you can’t afford legal assistance, a court will appoint an attorney for you. In a civil case, generally described as a dispute between two private parties, to get legal representation, you have to get creative.

How to Find Free Legal Help

If you can’t afford an attorney, here are some strategies to try:

  • Contact the city courthouse.
  • Seek free lawyer consultations.
  • Look to legal aid societies.
  • Visit a law school.
  • Contact your county or state bar association.
  • Go to small claims court.

Depending on your situation, you can employ a variety of strategies to get free legal advice or cheap legal assistance. Read on for more information on each option.

Contact the City Courthouse

Andrea Vacca, a collaborative divorce attorney in New York City and the owner of Vacca Family Law Group, says at least with divorces, “some courts offer free assistance to parties who want to fill out their own uncontested divorce paperwork.”

Still, whether it’s a divorce or something else bringing you to court, if you don’t have a lawyer, a logical move is to call the courthouse and ask

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Lawyer Offers Free Legal Service To Student As Imo Poly Probes ‘Private Parts’ Remark

A Nigerian lawyer has offered to give free legal services to Sharon Okoroafor, the embattled student of Federal Polytechnic Nekede who is soon to face a disciplinary panel over a controversial comment she made. Sharon Okoroafor, the student, had put out a video on TikTok after completing her Higher National Diploma (HND) project defense. In the now-viral video, the apparently elated lady claimed she graduated with the help of God and her private parts.

“Omo, today is the final day. Nekede bye bye, this stress ends today. Finally, I’m now a graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Nekede. It can only be God and my p**sy,” she said. But in a statement on Monday by Eucharia Anuna, its registrar, the institution condemned the act. The institution said the “despicable act does not represent the standard of our institution”.

[This is to inform the general public that the Management of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri, has begun full investigations into the identity of the student who gloated on Tiktok about how she graduated with the help of God and her private organ,” the institution said.

Reacting to the controversy, Ikechukwu Nwaopara, the lawyer, took to Facebook to offer his free legal service to the student who is now set to face the disciplinary panel of the polytechnic.

Nwaopara said after discussing with Sharon, the evidence he gathered is that the student had no intention of using foul language.“She has no intention to defame the character, standard and integrity of the institution. In her words, what happened in the said viral video was a slip of tongue as a result of her uncontrollable ecstasy over her graduation,” the lawyer said.

“Her intended words were “God and Pupsy (not p**sy)’ in appreciation of the almighty God and her dad. It is clear

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