First of all, let me preface this entry with the fact that I am not offering free legal services. It’s merely my opinion that everyone should be able to get legal help if they need it.
Secondly, you shouldn’t need legal advice to solve your problems. Your life should not be so complicated that in order to fix your problems you need a lawyer. Lawyers have 19 or more years of education. They also have OUTRAGEOUS student loans, which is why they charge so much.
So now what? The lawyers you’ve called require a huge retainer, and potentially more money once that retainer is gone. You don’t have the money, but you still have the problem. What do you do?
- Read everything you can about the issue. Go online, search Google, Wikipedia, Craigslist and search for your issue and see what pops up. Look at the articles, blogs, message boards, lawyer ads.
- Search the online state statutes. Every state has them, in Florida the site is http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/ – If you don’t understand them, read it again. The laws of states usually are understandable if you read them a few times. Most lawyers have to read the statutes more than once to understand them.
- Go to the law library in the courthouse. The librarian is always helpful. Additionally, there are usually lawyers in the library doing research. You may get lucky, and they may help you – FOR FREE. I always help people who ask me questions in the library.
- Go to the regular library. Check those books for Dummies, like “Divorce for Dummies, Real Estate for Dummies, etc.” They are a great starting place.
- Call the Florida Bar– They have a lawyer referral service and can direct you to legal aid organizations in your area.
6. BE NICE. You may be frustrated, confused, angry, but that’s not the fault of the court clerk or the librarian or the lawyer who is offering free advice.