Legal aid is a form of assistance for individuals who cannot afford to hire a lawyer for their legal needs. It is often provided by non-profit organizations, government agencies, and pro bono (volunteer) lawyers. The goal of legal aid is to ensure that everyone has access to justice, regardless of their financial circumstances.
Legal aid can take many forms, including:
- Providing free legal advice over the phone or in-person
- Representing individuals in court or in negotiations with opposing parties
- Providing educational resources, such as self-help guides, to help individuals understand and navigate the legal system
- Working to change laws and policies that unfairly affect marginalized communities
The availability and specific services offered by legal aid organizations vary by jurisdiction and may depend on funding levels and other factors. If you need legal assistance and cannot afford a lawyer, you can look for legal aid resources in your area by searching online or contacting your local bar association for a referral