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Do you have a legal problem, but can’t afford a lawyer? There are several ways in Arkansas to find free help for non-criminal legal problems:
AR Free Legal Answers is a web page that allows you to post a question about your non-criminal legal problem and have it answered for free by an attorney. In order to qualify, you must be unable to afford to hire an attorney. To see if you are eligible and to ask a question now, visit AR Free Legal Answers. This service only provides answers to legal questions, the attorney who answers your question will not represent you in the full case or go to court for you.
The Online Legal Library offers hundreds of free documents that can help you in court. These documents are divided among different areas of non-criminal law, such as Family Law, Consumer Law, and Housing Law.
The Online Legal Library offers four types of documents:
- Fact Sheets: Fact sheets explain — in a few pages — how specific legal matters are handled in Arkansas. For example, the Divorce Fact Sheet explains how a divorce works in Arkansas. The Eviction Fact Sheet explains what it means to be evicted, when you can be evicted, and what to do if you are evicted. We have a fact sheet for almost any non-criminal legal problem you can imagine.
- Sample Forms: Sample forms provide examples of letters and court forms that you may copy, fill out, and use. Most sample forms also provide instructions on how to use them.
- Videos: Vidoes explain — in three to five minutes — how specific legal matters are handled in Arkansas. Some also provide tips on how to avoid or overcome a specific legal problem.
- Interactive Forms: Interactive forms are the most popular forms in the Legal Library. They ask you a few questions and then print out the proper court forms with your information. And if you don’t have access to a printer, the interactive form gives you the option of saving the form or emailing it to yourself. Right now we offer eleven interactive forms.
Arkansas’s two nonprofit civil legal aid providers, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas, accept most clients through a statewide toll-free HelpLine. When you call, you will be screened to make sure you are financially eligible for help. Then, if the legal aid program takes your case, the services you receive may include the following:
- Advice to help you resolve your problem (71% of completed cases).
- Brief service, where a lawyer or paralegal provides limited assistance to help you resolve your problem. For example, the lawyer or paralegal may send a letter or make a phone call for you.
- Full representation, where a staff lawyer or volunteer lawyer represents you (21% of completed cases).
To speak with a HelpLine professional, please call: 1-800-9-LAW AID (or 1-800-952-9243). Or click here for more information about the HelpLine.
Don’t qualify for free legal help?
If you don’t qualify for legal aid, don’t give up! The Arkansas Bar Association has developed an online tool that you can use to find a lawyer in Arkansas. Click here to Find-A-Lawyer.
If you don’t qualify for legal aid, but can’t afford full priced legal assistance, you may want to consider hiring an attorney who offers “unbundled services” also known as “limited scope representation”. Attorneys who offer this type of service generally charge a reduced fee. In exchange you agree that they will only handle part of your case and you will be responsible for the rest of your case.
For instance, if you are getting divorced, an attorney who offers unbundled legal services might agree to draft the divorce complaint and coach you on what to say at the hearing, but you would be responsible for filing the complaint, appearing before the judge, and handling the other parts of your case. You and an attorney who offers unbundled services can agree on the attorney handling more or less of your case. Generally speaking, the more of your case the attorney has to handle, the higher their fee will be and the more of your case that you handle, the lower their fee will be.