What If I Can’t Afford a Lawyer?

Divorces can be expensive and having a lawyer is important.  While some people file for divorce without an attorney, it is usually a good idea to at least have on look over your settlement before you file it.  Divorces are difficult and have a lasting effect on your life.  You don’t want to take a chance on missing important details because you can’t afford a lawyer.

In some areas, you may be able to find discounted or free representation, especially if you are filing an amicable divorce and only want an attorney to make sure the details are correct in your settlement.  Ask family and friends about their attorneys and they may be able to help you find someone who can give you a great rate.

If you are in counseling, ask your counselor for advice.  Counselors often know what attorneys in your area might be willing to work for a little less, especially if you are living below the poverty line in your community or have left an abusive situation.  There may be other resources available to you if either of these circumstances applies to you.

Although most people hate to do this, borrowing money from friends or family may be an option.  It is understandable that this will be difficult to do, but having an attorney check your divorce settlement is too important to not do.  Swallow your pride and ask for help.  A personal loan may be an option if you qualify, but do you really want another payment to worry about when money is tight?

Remember that many lawyers bill in fifteen or twenty minute spans.  This means if you call and talk to him/her for a few minutes, you may be charged for fifteen minutes.  Only call your attorney when you absolutely need to or write your questions down and ask them all at once.  Limiting how often you have your attorney work for you will help keep your cost down.

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