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Are legal-aid lawyers as good as paid for lawyers?


Asked by Anonymous at 3:57 PM on Sep. 12, 2010 in Money & Work

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Answers (8)
  • Often they are not.

    Answer by RyansMom001 at 3:58 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • It's a rarity if they are.

    Answer by Misteh at 3:59 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • A good many of them are young attorneys who have had help going to law school, and the working for the public is part of their repayment of student loans. It's probably just like everything--some are pretty good and others not so hot. But they also cost less than those who are in private practice.

    Answer by NannyB. at 4:06 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Usually they are not. Often they are not respected by the court system.

    Answer by tootoobusy at 4:14 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • You mean like State funded lawyers? thats different than legal aid. But those arent that good either, cause guess whos paying? the state?
    Equal justice is for the wealthy OR THE SMART ONES THAT USE Legal insurance :0)

    Answer by IraqiVetWife at 6:09 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • They still went to law school and had to pass the bar, they can't be complete idiots. If you can't afford anything but legal aid, that's what you live with.

    Answer by scout_mom at 6:19 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Legal Aid attorneys can sometimes be the same as paid for attorneys, they do that to pay down loans, or have to put in so many cases - but good attorneys charge alot of money for a reason.... depends on what you want to get done. My ex had a paid attorney for our divorce, and the guy had me sign off on the house....failed to notice that it was my trust and not me who owned it! Sheessh!

    Answer by Maureenmich at 11:43 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Legal aid attorneys are sometimes law students or attorneys who provide pro bono (free) work, sometimes to gain experience or just to help those less fortunate in their community.

    Answer by tasches at 1:23 PM on Sep. 13, 2010