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Want Pro Bono Representation? 5 Tips For Getting A Free Lawyer

Getting into legal troubles can end up costing a lot of money, besides just the fines you’ll have to pay with your ticket or whatever your case, lawyers fees can add a hefty amount to the bill. If this sounds like you and you don’t have the money to hire legal representation of yourself, then trying to find a lawyer who will work your case for free might be an option you should consider.

In this article we’ll cover what exactly pro bono representation entails as well as five tips that will aid you in finding a free lawyer who is willing to take your case.

What exactly is pro bono representation?

Pro bono representation essentially means a lawyer is going to work your case for free. Most lawyers and law firms don’t actively promote their pro bono services, so all of the searching will have to be done on your end. You’ll have to do much of the heavy lifting, but if you do manage to find a lawyer that is willing to help you work your case, then the money you save will be well worth it.

The following techniques will help you to find the legal help you need while making sure you contribute equal value to the relationship.

1. Start calling up local law firms

Most lawyers will not mention that they do pro bono work, if they’re trying to run a profitable law practice there is no reason they would. However, many of them still do offer the services. You simply have to seek it out for yourself, and inquire as much as possible. Make a list of law firms in your local area and start calling. The worst thing that can happen is they will say no.

2. Find a lawyer who is a recent graduate

Most new graduates will have little in the courtroom experience and may be willing to take on your case in order to gain experience. Getting courtroom experience is very valuable for them to practice what they learn, and it will benefit you in the same. Just because they are new to the profession doesn’t mean that they have any less knowledge.

3. Take your search to the web

If you haven’t had any luck so far it might be a good idea to take your search to the web. There are websites that are dedicated to pro bono lawyers, all it takes is a simple search. The web can give us more knowledge and open our doors to new contacts we might not have otherwise thought of approaching.

4. Show them you’ll be a good client

Lawyers charge a lot for their services, so by taking on your case for free they are doing you a huge service. Make sure you are as grateful as possible. Taking on the added stress and workload of your case for no price is a big task to ask. If they do accept your case, make sure you show respect and do everything they ask of you.

5. Contribute value in any way you can

Since you won’t be paying for their services see if you can be creative and contribute value in another way. Maybe it’s making them dinner or contributing value to their life in some way. Sometimes there is a lot more to life than money.

I hope this article has been valuable to you in your search for a pro bono lawyer. The process for finding a lawyer might be long, but don’t give up. Who knows, the next call you make might be the lawyer who says yes.


Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at the Loewy Law Firm, an Austin injury law firm. Zane thinks that finding pro bono representation sounds hard.

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