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Free Legal Answers - American Bar Association

What you need to know to use ABA (American Bar Association) Free Legal Answers

You can use this website IF all of these are true for you:

  • Your income is low for a family the size of yours.
  • The value of your checking account, savings account, stocks or bonds are low.
  • You aren't in jail or prison.
  • Your legal problem isn't related to a criminal charge.
  • You don’t already have a lawyer to help you with your legal problem.
  • You are an adult.

ABA will ask questions to make sure you meet these rules. You must tell the truth. If you don't meet these rules you can't use this website. If you can’t use the website, they will let you know of other places where you might get help.


What They Offer

By using this website, you are asking a lawyer to give you legal help on your specific legal questions. They will be your lawyer for this limited purpose and will not do anything for you other than provide this help. The lawyer will answer your questions through the website and does not have to separately email you an answer or have a phone call or meeting to answer your questions. If the lawyer leaves your question open for a response from you, you will have 10 days to reply before the question closes. When the lawyer is finished answering your question, the lawyer will no longer be your lawyer.  If you have a court date or you need to file something with the court by a specific date, a lawyer may not answer your question in time. You should keep looking for a lawyer while you wait to see if a lawyer will answer your question. Unfortunately, not all questions posted to the site will receive an answer. If an attorney cannot assist you, an administrator will notify you.

You can use the website to ask 3 different legal questions per year.  You can’t create a new account to ask additional questions.  You must meet our rules every time you use the website. 


About The Lawyers

The lawyer who answers you is helping you for free. The lawyer will only write about the problem you put on the website. The lawyer will not help you after that or do anything else for you. The lawyer will not:

  • make calls or file papers for you;
  • go to meetings for you
  • go to court for you.


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