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When will lawyers answer questions for free? The lawyerly answer is, "It depends."
For example, we here at FindLaw strive to provide free daily analysis of legal questions that confront Americans in their everyday lives. And many of our writers (including yours truly) are attorneys.
But aside from FindLaw, how can you get free answers to your pressing legal inquiries? Here are several instances you can get licensed legal minds to answer your questions, without paying a dime:
Move over, Yellow Pages and word-of-mouth referrals. The most popular way to find a lawyer nowadays is to do what you're doing right now: Go online.
It may be no surprise that in the digital age, the Internet is now the No. 1 option that comes to mind when consumers need to find an attorney, according to a new FindLaw survey.
That's actually quite different from how Americans looked for a lawyer in 2005, when FindLaw asked respondents the same question.
Legal services can be expensive, but for some issues, there may be free legal aid available. But how do you find free legal aid?
Here's a general overview about how to qualify for free legal aid and where to find it:
For people from foreign countries who want to stay in the United States or become a citizen, what are five questions to ask an immigration lawyer before you hire one?
Although it's not required that you hire an immigration attorney when filing for citizenship or a green card, an experienced immigration lawyer can help clarify laws to make sure that all your paperwork is filled out and filed correctly. If you're facing an immigration-related legal issue -- such as deportation -- you'll also want professional legal help by your side.
If you decide to hire an attorney, here are five questions you may want to ask an immigration lawyer to see if he or she is the right fit for you:
What steps do you need to take when you're preparing to sue someone?
Initiating a lawsuit is a big step, as litigation can be a lengthy and costly process for everyone involved. So before you file a lawsuit, you may want to try to exhaust all other options to settle your claims.
If you do decide to pursue legal action, here are some general tips on how to prepare to sue someone:
When it comes to choosing the right tax attorney for you, what are five questions to ask a tax lawyer?
Hiring a tax lawyer who's a good fit for your case and personality is important because you'll be entrusting them with your legal issues -- and we all know that Uncle Sam doesn't play around when it comes to taxes.
So what questions should you ask a tax attorney? Here are a few you may want to consider:
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some organizations are offering free legal clinics and consultations today.
While millions across the United States will be enjoying a day off and/or participating in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service by volunteering in their communities, many lawyers in places like Alaska, Indiana, and Pennsylvania will be offering free legal services on MLK Day.
Here's what you need to know to take advantage of these free MLK Day legal clinics:
How do you change your court date? The answer can vary by jurisdiction and even by court. It can also depend on the type of case you're involved in -- for example, rules for criminal court, probate court, and small claims court are all different.
If you're represented by a lawyer, then changing your court date can potentially be as simple as asking your attorney to do it for you. Your attorney will likely need to confer with the court and with the opposing party in order to secure a new court date. A court hearing may even be required.
But if you're representing yourself, you're probably talking about small claims or traffic court. If so, here are some potential ways you may be able to change your court date:
When you're looking for an attorney, you may be confronted by a confusing slew of letters after someone's name, including "J.D." and "Esq."
While those abbreviations are both associated with legal professionals, their meanings aren't exactly the same.
The difference between J.D. and Esq., as commonly used in the United States, is the ability to practice law.