There’s no getting away from the fact that hiring a lawyer can be quite expensive. There is good reason for this, as lawyers are highly trained professionals who work hard to get the qualifications necessary to do their work, but the truth remains that many people don’t have the kinds of funds necessary to hire the lawyer who is best suited to their case. But just because you can’t afford a lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t need one. How can a client who’s down on their luck afford a lawyer when they need one?
Why we’re asking
Hiring a lawyer is expensive. Even just a consultation can cost far more than the average person is able to pay. But lots of people still need legal advice and assistance. Our legal professionals have been around the block a few times, and they understand the ins and outs of affording legal help. If anybody knows what a financially disadvantaged person’s options are, it’s them. And so we’re asking:
What do you do when a client can’t afford your services?
Are there payment plans for legal help?
When do you decide to work pro bono? How does that work?
Are there any other financing options that clients should look into?
Are there any alternatives to hiring a lawyer (consultations, etc.) that you would recommend?
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