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You do have the right to be your own attorney, and you can do your own legal research on this subject; but you would be wise to learn as much as you can before you attempt to represent yourself or act without proper legal advice.  These are some suggestion for finding an attorney:

Look in your local phone book's yellow pages under "attorneys."

The American Bar Association has an information page on how to find a lawyer, even if you cannot afford one.  First click the "I agree" button on this page: and then you will get to the page where you can search for a lawyer. offers answers to specific questions by and referrals to local attorneys who will charge a flat fee instead of an hourly rate offers extensive information and services for finding a lawyer and obtaining legal information.

If You Cannot Afford a Lawyer

Contact your local Legal Aid Society, State Bar Association, or State Attorney General's Office.  Look in your local phone book for the phone numbers or check out these web sites:

Legal Research on the Net has a list of all the State Bar Association's web sites at this URL:

The National Association of Attorneys General has a list of Attorney General's web sites at this location:

Another organization where you can ask for help is the National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, on its Civil Resources page, at this location:

Pine Tree Legal Assistance has a list of Legal Agencies which provide free legal assistance to eligible clients in civil matters at this location:

American Association of Retired Persons.  If you are a member of the AARP, you can obtain a free 30-minute, no obligation consultation with an attorney in the AARP Legal Services Network.  Attorneys listed in AARP's Legal Services Network have met AARP standards of experience and customer service and offer members 20% off the attorney's usual rates for legal services.

AARP's Legal Services Network:
To find an attorney listed in AARP's Legal Services Network, go to this location: provides information and articles for free, as well as free advice live online, on its site at:
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