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I may want to hire a lawyer, but I do not have much money. Where can I find low-cost legal help?

People do not have a right to a free lawyer in civil legal matters (they do in most criminal cases). However, several legal assistance programs offer inexpensive or free legal services to those in need. Most legal aid programs have special guidelines for eligibility, often based on where you live, the size of your family, and your income. To find free or reduced-cost legal services in your area, call your bar association or county courthouse. You also may look in the telephone book's yellow pages under "Legal Aid," or "Legal Assistance."

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