Get Legal Help in the L.A. area

Law Soup gives you basic legal information that may answer your questions. But if you have a case or situation that you need help with, you may need a lawyer, or possibly just a document preparation service. We’ve compiled some great resources for you on this page.

I just have a quick legal question. What resources are available?

1. Law Soup: First, check Law Soup LA’s Key Laws to Know to see if there’s an answer.

2. Free Legal Clinics

3. Other great informational sites for California

4. Take a class

The LA Law Library has many classes available to the public on a variety of topics, including business law, criminal law, divorce, and more. Classes are either free or very cheap. Check out current classes.

5. “Instant Lawyer” Service:

This is a new form of consulting with an attorney, in which you simply request a lawyer through an app or website, and often you can get an attorney to call you or video chat within 15-30 minutes. The fee for the consultation is set by the service at a reasonable price, around $40 for 15 minutes.

  • Avvo Advisor: 15 minute phone call for $39
  • Quicklegal: 15 minute video chat for $49; 15 minute text chat $29

See more details here.

I need more help than that. What should I do?

First, of course, try to find a good lawyer.

Try calling your local bar association and ask for a lawyer referral service.  

Or you can contact me at the Law Offices of Tristan D. Blaine. I do business law, but I can also help you find a great lawyer in other areas.

I’m not sure if I can afford a lawyer. What are my options?

Try SmartLaw.org or the Beverly Hills Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service. Ask about a sliding scale fee program, or simply tell them you are looking for a lower cost lawyer.

Note about costs: If you are thinking about suing, for certain types of cases, such as employment or personal injury, you may be able to get a lawyer to handle your case for NO out of pocket cost. These lawyers often simply take a percentage of any money you win in court (this is called working on “contingency”).

Free or low cost legal services. If you don’t have much income, you may qualify for “pro bono” legal services, which is free or low cost legal assistance, which you can find out about at CaliforniaProBono.org. For small businesses, the SBA (Small Business Administration) offers free consultations with lawyers for those who qualify.

Document preparation services

Need a will, contract, or are you thinking about incorporating your business? It’s always best to have a lawyer prepare documents specifically for your needs. But in a pinch, and on a tight budget, document preparation services are better than nothing. Keep in mind that these services don’t really help you understand what courses of action to take, so you may end up getting services you don’t really need, and wasting some money. So at a minimum, try to get even a brief consultation with a lawyer, such as with an instant lawyer service (see above).

Here are a few resources:

  • The Shake app helps you create basic contracts for a variety of situations, for free!
  • Legal Zoom and Rocket Lawyer help you create documents for a variety of purposes, from incorporating a business, to creating a will.

 

NOTE: Law Soup is not directly compensated in any way by any of the companies listed here.