To help determine whether the attorney has a good understanding of your situation, and to understand whether you can afford an attorney you should consider asking these questions:
How much of your work involves this area of law and representing people in my situation?
Do you charge an up-front fee?
Will I have to pay even if I lose my case in court?
If I can’t afford to hire you, can you refer me to a consumer law attorney who may not charge up-front fees?
Check that your attorney is in good standing
Before hiring an attorney, it is a good idea to make sure he or she is in good standing with the state bar association. You can also see if he or she has a disciplinary record. You can find this information by searching the attorney’s name on the state bar website where the attorney is licensed, or by calling the state bar association. Some states may have more than one bar association.
Some attorneys may also offer free services or charge a reduced fee. There may also be legal aid offices or legal clinics in your area that will offer their services for free if you meet certain criteria.
This website has a state-by-state search to help you find an attorney or you can check the state-specific legal aid information below: