Looking for an attorney? This page gives you for a number of options and resources.
If you need help with your case, this section gives you for a number of options to find an attorney. If you don't think you can afford an attorney, you can review the information below about finding free or low-cost legal aid service. Below you will find some resources in the areas of lawyer referrals, legal aid and pro bono services.
Lawyer Referral Services
- Los Angeles County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The first 30 minute-consultation is free after which the attorney will negotiate normal fees. Attorneys are available in most areas of law: call 213-243-1525 or visit www.SmartLaw.org. You can also use the companion SmartLaw message system to get free legal information on hundreds of legal topics 24 hours a day.
- State Bar of California Certified Lawyer Referral Service
For attorney referrals in a county outside Los Angeles. The State Bar pamphlet, “How Can Find and Hire the Right Lawyer?” is also a good resource.
- American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Directory
Links to lawyer referral services in each state via a clickable map.
You may be eligible for free or low-cost legal help in non-criminal cases from legal aid. Whether you are eligible will depend on your income and the type of case you have, as many legal aid services focus on problems that affect basic needs such as housing, government benefits and family safety. Find legal aid providers by county or area of law at www.LawHelpCA.org.
Click here for a list of non-profit agencies, which provide family law and other legal services at low or no cost in Los Angeles County, as well as various Lawyer Referral Services.
Pro Bono Services
If you don't qualify for legal aid, you may find an organization or attorney willing to represent you on a "pro bono" (no fee or reduced fee) basis. A local bar association or a private organization that specializes in the kind of problem you face, such as the American Civil Liberties Union or the Housing Rights Center, may have pro bono referrals to help in your case. Use www.LawHelpCA.org or the Consumers' Guide to Legal Help to locate legal aid providers in your county.
Online lawyer directories also provide attorney listings, much like a phone book. Check out Martindale.com, FindLaw.com, Justia.com or Nolo.com, where you can identify attorneys who specialize in your area of law.