Need a Lawyer?

The other day I had a friend of mine who for the first time in her life needed a lawyer. They didn’t know what to do, who to call or where to start. For many of us, having a lawyer is just second nature. The problem that really arises is when you don’t have the money to pay the astronomical fees.Lawyers charge on average anywhere from $100.00 an hour to $500.00 an hour. Now there are lawyers that charge much more than that, but these fees are the norm. If you are an average Joe and you need a lawyer because you have been wronged, it is almost impossible to afford one.

While there are some lawyers that do pro-bono work, they are few and far between. Some communities have pro-bono associations that assist those in need, but the quality of representation may be in question. Recent law school graduates are known to do some pro-bono work, but depending on your problem they may or may not be versed in the particular segment of the law you require.

My friend needed a lawyer to defend themselves from someone who was falsely accusing them of something. In fact, they were being accused of something on the internet and the only way they could stop this was to file a libel and slander suit. However, she doesn’t have the money to pay a lawyer to represent her in a case like this. She’s a college student and works part-time as a waitress. How could she possibly afford a $5,000.00 retainer (that’s what she was quoted)?

This is just one example of a widespread problem in our society. Unfortunately, with the advent of the internet and blogging it is only going to get worse. How are we going to deal with this? How can we help others find legal representation and assist them in paying for it? Can anything be done about widespread libel and slander on the internet? I’m not sure what the answer to this is right now, but maybe if enough people start addressing the issue we can find a way to minimize the effects that are hurting so many.

Nathan Taylor

Friday, February 22nd, 2008 Legal No Comments
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