Where can I find good free legal advice online?

I’m having trouble with a roomate in Philadelphia. I need legal advice on how to legally kick her out of my apartment from a lawyer, but I don’t have money to throw around. I’ve heard that there are places you can go online to get free legal advice (I mean actually asking a lawyer how to go about things, not just reading laws) especially with tenant laws, but I’m reluctant to just go anywhere that pops up on google. If anyone has used a website to get free legal advice, and can vouch that the website is good and the legal advice you got was good, I would really like to know what site you went to. Thanks so much!

I’m not looking for legal advice on Yahoo answers right now, just references to lawyers, so please, people, don’t pontificate on what you think my situation is and what you think I might do. I really need a real legal professional now.

I’ve never heard of such sites.

Try contacting your local law society to see if you can find a lawyer who gives out free advice. (Which, BTW I doubt you will find).

Most states do have a governmental authority who helps handle tenancy issues and advises renters and landlords alike about obligations and rights.

Try googling your city, state, government and residenial disputes.

Post Author: mark

6 thoughts on “Where can I find good free legal advice online?

    Team Chief

    (January 19, 2010 - 7:14 pm)

    "GOOD" and "FREE" are two words that you cannot use when asking for such online.
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    Investor 2006

    (January 19, 2010 - 7:41 pm)

    I am a lawyer, and my suggestion would be to go online first to your local court and see what resources are available for landlords. Also visit the court in person if necessary. The clerks may feel that they can’t give legal advice, but they can point you in the right direction and save you a lot of time.

    Apartment landlords often have to do exactly what you are doing and they often do it without attorneys. If you know any landlords or can get any help from an apartment owners’ association in your town, great.

    Although I don’t practice in your state, in most states it comes down to serving a proper eviction notice (many technical requirements for what it must say and how it must be delivered — the laws vary from state to state) and then you can file a lawsuit to get them evicted (again, many technical requirements that will be unique to your state).

    If you are young and have little income, you may be able to use a free legal services agency.

    Another approach is to to to your local law library and ask if they have a current practice guide for attorneys dealing with residential eviction. It will probably walk you through the steps from beginning to end and may contain samples of the forms to use.
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    ZAFARULLAH

    (January 19, 2010 - 8:25 pm)

    What are the legal rights of both parties::: to remain in that apartment OR to eject therefrom. Are they joint owners or co tenants.
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    elysialaw

    (January 19, 2010 - 9:09 pm)

    I’ve never heard of such sites.

    Try contacting your local law society to see if you can find a lawyer who gives out free advice. (Which, BTW I doubt you will find).

    Most states do have a governmental authority who helps handle tenancy issues and advises renters and landlords alike about obligations and rights.

    Try googling your city, state, government and residenial disputes.
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    wendy c

    (January 19, 2010 - 9:37 pm)

    There are many sites related to legal advice, or comments. Here is the catch… it is like a doctor treating you online without actually seeing you. There are limits on what they can say, or not say. I do not believe they can specifically tell you "this is what you need to do", since there are some issues of liability. The main issue is not knowing the "other" side of the story, and that other side might have its own legal grounds.
    Millions of people need legal advice, but cannot afford it. It comes down to taking what you can get (including taking time to educate yourself), but understand the possible pitfalls. Unless you pay them (since that is their business) you are still responsible for your own decisions.
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    mrsgillen3

    (January 19, 2010 - 10:06 pm)

    If you can afford $26 a month, you can have legal advice at your fingure tips, and they will do what they can to help you.
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