How to Find Legal Help When You Can't Afford a Lawyer

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Usually when you hire an attorney, it's to avoid being soaked financially by an ex-spouse, former business partner or adversary who wants to sue you for all you have. But just as it takes money to make money, sometimes you have to spend money to save your money. But what do you do when you need a lawyer to protect your assets and know that paying for one is out of the question?

In a criminal proceeding, if you can't afford legal assistance, a court will appoint an attorney for you. In a civil case, generally described as a dispute between two private parties, you have to get creative. Here are some of your options:


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