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Find answers to your questions about ABA Free Legal Answers

What is ABA Free Legal Answers™? is a virtual legal advice portal for users to pose legal questions online to volunteer attorneys:

  • Users must meet income eligibility guidelines
  • Questions must be regarding civil legal matters
  • Answers will be provided by volunteer attorneys in theusers’ respective states
  • Links will be provided to lawyer referral and other legalservices projects for those not eligible or who need more in-depth legal representation

ABA Free Legal Answers™ increases services to low-income populations.

  • ABA Free Legal Answers has, in just over two years of service,received over 90,000 legal questions, over 6,700 pro bonoattorney registrations and has 41 jurisdictions committed to participating.
  • The site allows users in rural areas to access legal resources fromacross the state
  • The provision of brief advice can prevent larger legal crisesfrom developing and allows legal services staffattorneys to focus on full representation

ABA Free Legal Answers™ increases pro bono opportunities.

  • The site offers a convenient pro bono opportunity that attorneys can fit into their schedule.
  • Attorneys can log in and provide answers 24/7/365, from any location that has an internet connection.
  • Volunteer populations with restricted time in which to provide pro bono, such as law firm, corporatelaw department and government attorneys, as well as part-time, retired and at-home attorneys, can easily participate in pro bono through the site.

The American Bar Association provides:

  • Malpractice insurance for all volunteer attorneys.
  • A national staff person to maintain the site, manage the queue and collect and analyze data.
  • Web hosting, at no cost to participating states.

How can I participate as a volunteer attorney?

Any attorney licensed in a participating state and in good standing can provide pro bono services through ABA Free Legal Answers.

With the convenient platform of ABA Free Legal Answers, you can:

  • Answer civil legal questions from the comforts of your home or office
  • Collaborate amongst your colleagues and create rewarding partnershipswith bar associations and law schools
  • Refine your legal advice by researching relevant statutes, regulations and caselaw and/or confer with colleagues before submitting your response
  • “Get your feet wet” with providing pro bono legal assistance

How do I get started?

  • Navigate to
  • Click on "Volunteer Attorney Registration" 
  • Select your state and follow the prompts.
  • After you create an account, watch your email (including junk/spam folders) for a confirmation message.

For more information about ABA Free Legal Answers, contact the ABA Free Legal Answers National Administrator.