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The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.

Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.

In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.

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The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.

We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.

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What options do I have if I don’t have the money for a lawyer?

By Spodek Law Group | July 27, 2023
(Last Updated On: October 14, 2023)

Last Updated on: 14th October 2023, 09:23 am

What Can I Do If I Don’t Have Money For A Lawyer?

Not being able to afford a lawyer can feel scary and overwhelming. Legal issues like divorce, custody disputes, personal injury, criminal charges, and more can have huge impacts on your life. Fortunately, there are options for getting legal help even if you don’t have much money. This article will go over some of the main ways to get free or low-cost legal assistance.

Legal aid organizations provide free legal services to people and families with low incomes. They handle civil cases like housing, employment, and family law. Legal aid lawyers work full time for the organization, so their services are completely free for qualifying clients.

To get help from legal aid, you’ll need to meet income eligibility requirements that are based on the federal poverty guidelines. For example, for a family of four in 2022, you’d need to earn less than $27,750 per year pre-tax. Legal aid organizations also consider assets like property and savings when determining eligibility.

If you qualify, legal aid can advise you, negotiate on your behalf, or represent you in court if needed. They may also be able to refer you to other free or low-cost resources. Look up legal aid organizations in your state or county to see what’s available.

Contact Local Law Schools

Many law schools have clinical programs where students provide legal services under the supervision of licensed attorneys. This gives the students real-world experience while providing free help to community members in need.

Law school clinics take on cases related to things like family law, housing, veterans’ benefits, employment law, and consumer rights. Services are 100% free but limited to what the students can handle with their current skill level. Contact nearby law schools to see what clinical programs they offer.

Look For Pro Bono Assistance

Some private law firms and individual attorneys take on pro bono cases each year. Pro bono means the legal services are free or at a significantly reduced rate for clients who can’t afford them. Many attorneys provide a certain number of pro bono hours as a way to give back.

Use Limited Scope Representation

With limited scope representation, you only pay for the specific legal tasks you need help with instead of full representation. For example, you could hire a lawyer just to provide advice and review documents for a flat fee. Or they could make court appearances for you but leave the research and document preparation to you. This “unbundled” approach costs less than having an attorney handle your entire case.

Consider Contingency Fee Arrangements

For personal injury and some other civil cases, lawyers may work on a contingency fee basis. This means they only get paid if you receive a settlement – they receive an agreed-upon percentage of your total award. The lawyer covers case costs upfront in exchange for the chance of a larger payout later. Just make sure you understand fee percentages and costs before signing a contingency fee agreement.

Explore Lawsuit Funding Companies

Lawsuit funding companies provide cash advances to plaintiffs involved in personal injury lawsuits and other civil claims. You’ll repay the advance plus fees only if you win your case. This can provide money to pay legal fees now in exchange for a portion of settlement funds later. Make sure to read the contract terms closely.

See If You Qualify For Court-Appointed Counsel

In criminal cases, the court is required to appoint legal counsel if you cannot afford your own lawyer. This is your constitutional right as a defendant. An appointed lawyer’s services are free to you. Inform the judge at your first court appearance that you cannot afford counsel to start the appointment process.

For civil cases like child custody disputes, some courts have pro bono attorney programs that may appoint free counsel to qualifying low-income individuals. Ask the court clerk for more information.

Request Payment Plans From Attorneys

Many attorneys are open to payment plans where you pay legal fees in installments over time instead of all at once. A written payment plan agreement is a contract stipulating dates, amounts, late fees if applicable, and other terms. This makes legal help more affordable by spreading payments out.

Look for free legal clinics in your community offered by local courts, bar associations, law schools, and legal aid organizations. At these clinics, lawyers or paralegals answer questions, help fill out forms, or provide brief legal advice. Clinics are often held monthly and limited to specific legal topics. Take advantage of free clinics whenever possible to stretch your budget.

Handle Small Claims Without An Attorney

You don’t need to hire a lawyer for small claims court cases. Rules are simplified and the process is designed for people to represent themselves. Fees to file a claim are low – usually between $30-$100. Small claims courts resolve disputes up to $5,000-15,000 depending on the state.

Take Advantage Of Self-Help Resources

Your local courthouse, law library, and state bar association offer free legal information and resources for handling basic legal matters on your own. Self-help centers provide forms and kits, workshops, legal advice clinics, and more. They also have computers and printers so you can prepare documents. Utilize these services to offset costs.

Don’t Give Up!

It may take some time and effort to find affordable legal help, but don’t get discouraged. Be proactive and explore all your options – there are more resources available than you might think. The key is being persistent and not giving up. With some creativity and flexibility, you can get the legal help you need even without much money. Don’t let lack of funds stop you from asserting your rights.

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