Can you afford an attorney? More often than not, you cannot afford to go without an attorney!
Oftentimes I hear, “I want the best!
We’re going to take this one all the way!
No, I don’t have any money...”
Having no money is a problem, but more often than not it’s more of not being willing to pay the money you do have. In Family Law, in all but the rarest of incidences you do not have the right to have an attorney appointed to represent you. This is a common misconception. In the Criminal arena you do have the right to an attorney. While Civil issue may be no less important to you the protections afforded to Civil litigants are typically lesser.
So, what do I do? If you really have no money there are 3 great resources for Civil Litigants.
- Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. MVLP handles civil matters, through volunteer attorneys for low income persons in Mississippi. (Primarily Uncontested Divorces, Guardianships and Expungements, etc…)
- Phone: 601-960-9577 Fax: 601-944-9678 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jackson Office.
- Mississippi Center for Legal Services. Legal Services handles civil matters, through in-house and some volunteer attorneys for low income persons in Mississippi in a variety of Civil matters. (Uncontested Divorces, Adoptions, Name Changes, Disability, Consumer, Education Law matters, etc…)
- Contact the State-wide Intake Hotline at 1-800-498-1804
- Mission First Legal Aid. Missions First uses a combo of in-house and volunteer attorneys, but offers a more limited scope of representation. (Family law matters, Government Benefits, Housing,and Debt, but they do not handle divorce cases.) Approached from a mission, christian-based model of service.
- Legal Aid Office, please call 601.608.0056
Matthew Thompson is a Mississippi Family Law attorney and volunteers with all 3 entities above.