It is a good idea to have a lawyer to help you when you go to court. You may need a lawyer if you have a complicated case or a case that may become complicated. It is important to remember that the judge and court staff cannot give you legal advice.
There are two Legal Service Corporations (LSCs) in Louisiana that receive grants to provide civil legal assistance for low-income Louisiana citizens. To find out more about these four LSCs, call the Louisiana Civil Justice Center’s Help Line at (504) 355-0970 or (800) 310-7029. Also, call your local LSC to find out about free notary services
If you do not qualify for free legal aid and need help locating a lawyer, you may want to contact your local Lawyer Referral Service. They can supply you with the names of lawyers in your area willing to handle your particular type of case and sometimes consult with you at a reduced fee
Baton Rouge: (225) 344-9926
Lafayette: (337) 237-4700
Lake Charles: (337) 436-3308
New Orleans: (504) 561-8828
Shreveport: (318) 222-0720
If your legal issue is a criminal matter, check with your local public defender office. You may be able to have a lawyer appointed to your case.
We recommend contacting the following for legal texts and resources:
- Your local library
- Your local law library
- Clerk of Courts office
For a list of programs that offer free legal help, visit https://louisianalawhelp.org
LawHelp helps low and moderate-income people find free legal aid programs in their communities and has the information [NOT ADVICE] about basic legal issues.