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There are many resources available to help you find the right lawyer for your case. You can ask your friends, colleagues or a lawyer who represented you in the past for recommendations. Often, lawyers focus their work in a particular area of the law, such as family law, landlord/tenant law or personal injury law, so you need to look for someone with experience handling your type of case. You may be able to meet preliminarily with a lawyer you are considering hiring, though there may be a charge for such a meeting. When you consult with a lawyer about your case, you can expect your conversations to be kept confidential. This is true even if you do not hire the lawyer. With some time and effort on your part, you should be able to find the right lawyer to represent you.
How much you will have to pay to have a lawyer represent you depends on a lot of things, including the type of fee arrangement you make with the lawyer, the complexity of your case and the amount of time a lawyer needs to work on your case. You need to talk about legal fees and costs when you first meet with a lawyer and get specific information about how much your case is likely to cost. It is a good idea to get a fee agreement in writing. It is important to understand that the total cost of your case may be higher or lower than originally estimated. To avoid being surprised, ask your lawyer for a regular accounting of what fees and costs you have incurred.
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If you can't afford to hire a private lawyer, you may be eligible for free or reduced-fee representation. Whether you are eligible will depend on your income and your assets and may depend upon the type of case you have. Each organization sets its own eligibility requirements. To locate providers of free or reduced-fee legal services, see the Legal Aid Finder. In the Probate and Family Court, you may be able to consult with a family law facilitator. A family law facilitator is a lawyer who can help you prepare court pleadings and explain court procedure to you. You can ask at the register's office if there is a family law facilitator available to assist you.
In some circumstances, it may be possible for you to hire a lawyer to handle only part of your case. In a few of the courts, lawyers are permitted to provide "limited assistance representation." Limited assistance representation means that the client and the lawyer have agreed that the lawyer will perform specific tasks on the case, but the client will be responsible for other tasks. For example, the client and the lawyer may agree that the lawyer will provide legal advice on one or more issues, or will prepare or review certain documents - but that the lawyer will not go to court or assist the client in other ways. The client and lawyer also may agree that the lawyer will appear in court for one or more events, but not for the whole case. In courts where limited assistance representation is permitted, it still may not be suitable in a particular case. If you are considering hiring a lawyer to handle only a portion of your case, you should check with a lawyer to find out whether it is allowed and makes sense in your case.