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How to Find Help to Pay for a Lawyer

by Angelique de la Morreaux

Sooner or later, most people require the services of an attorney. Attorneys' fees are not cheap, and most attorneys require a retainer up front before accepting a case. There are methods to help you pay for a lawyer when you do not have the funds yourself. These methods may require you to acknowledge your need for assistance plus disclose personal information you would prefer to keep private. But, if you are willing to swallow your pride, you can hire an attorney to resolve your case.

Go to the bank for a loan. Put up your home for collateral. Sign the documents for the transaction. Wait for approval and receive your check.

Talk to your parents. Explain your legal problems and the costs involved in representation. Ask them to lend the money to you.

Call your siblings. Inform them you have legal problems and need money to pay an attorney. Request a loan.

Review your 401k plan. Contact the administrator. Ask how to borrow money, or make an early withdrawal if you are no longer employed by the company that sponsors the plan.

Pawn or sell items of value. Research the going rate for these items. Acknowledge these items will not receive comparable price based on a quick sale.

Negotiate a payment plan with the attorney. Pay on time. Realize the case will usually not be filed until you have paid the attorney's fee.

Items you will need
  • House
  • Valuables

About the Author

Angelique de la Morreaux began writing articles for various websites in 2010. Her focus is in the legal, small business, beauty, holiday, culture, food, drinks and automotive categories. Morreaux holds a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from San Diego State University.

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