Fact vs. Fiction: Debunking the reasons people don’t get legal advice.

Fact vs. Fiction: Debunking the reasons people don’t get legal advice.

Niki Brown
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For many people, getting legal help is really intimidating. Thousands of middle - and low -income families simply assume they can’t afford it.

 

Making inquiries of lawyers can be scary and depressing. And when someone needs  a lawyer, they’re usually in a tense situation already.

 

But getting an attorney doesn’t have to cost as much as you may think. 

 

Here at LawChamps we have made it our initiative to help those who are questioning whether or not they have the means to hire a lawyer by creating an affordable program for a wide variety of legal matters.

 

Here are the most common reasons people don’t get a lawyer, and what we have to say in response. 

 

Myth: I don’t have enough money.

 

Fact: Over 10,000 lawyers have partnered with LawChamps to help clients for affordable rates.

 

A study conducted by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has shown that 60 million Americans fall below the Federal Poverty Level. These individuals make $30,000 a year or less. 

 

Many of these families just assume lawyers cost a lot of money, so they only get legal assistance for about 20% of the civil legal problems they face. 

 

Lawyers don’t always cost a fortune. At LawChamps, we match you with an attorney and explain our fees in an easy-to-understand way. 

 

Think hundreds of dollars, not thousands. 

 

Myth: My problem isn’t something a lawyer can help with.

 

Fact: Lawyers can provide help for all kinds of matters, including debt, landlords and health. 

 

People are most likely to seek a lawyer for problems related to custodial issues, wills and estates.

 

That is usually because they see these issues as something a judge will be involved with.

 

However, lawyers can help people with a range of other services, including medical bills, credit card debt, rental housing and education. 

 

The LSC found that people seek professional legal help for only 18% of their civil legal problems related to finance and for only 11% of those related to health.

 

But 71% of low-income individuals experienced one legal problem in the year of 2017 – they simply may not have realized it was a legal issue. 

 

Myth: A lawyer can’t really help. The system is the system.

 

Fact: People who get legal help usually get better results. 

 

LSC studies show that only 1 in 5 people with low-income backgrounds seek advice from a legal professional.

 

Most of the time, low-income Americans seek help from other resources such as friends, family or the internet rather than attempt to speak with a legal professional.

 

Other times, people don’t know where to turn for legal help, or assume they can handle the issue alone. 

 

Not getting a  lawyer usually doesn’t work out great. For example, across the country, roughly 90 percent of landlords are represented by lawyers when they’re trying to evict a tenant. 90 percent of tenants are not.

 

In New York City, when tenants represent themselves, they are evicted in nearly 50 percent of cases. With a lawyer, they win 90 percent of the time.

 

So reach out to us. You’ll be glad you did.

 

This article is intended to convey generally useful information only and does not constitute legal advice. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author, not LawChamps.




 

 

 
Niki Brown

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