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Free Legal Assistance

There is one local pro bono legal agency that may be able to help answer your questions and direct you to an attorney:

West Tennessee Legal Services (WTLS)
WTLS is a non-profit organization that provides assistance in civil cases to individuals, families and communities. WTLS does not handle criminal cases, or fee-generating civil lawsuits such as personal injury or workers’ compensation cases. WTLS handles the following types of civil cases for the underserved populations of Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henry, Henderson, Lake, McNairy, Madison, Obion, and Weakley counties:

  • Access to health/medical care
  • Securing or retaining housing
  • Ensuring compliance with Fair Housing Laws
  • Securing or retaining income
  • Personal freedom and security rights
  • Parental rights with state action
  • Rights of persons in institutions
  • Freedom of all persons from abuse
  • Family issues
  • Education rights
  • Consumer rights
  • Community Education

If WTLS cannot take your case, it can often refer you to a private attorney. To contact WTLS or find out more about its services, visit the organization’s web site at www.wtls.org or call on of its offices:

Jackson Office (Main Office) – 731-423-0616

Dyersburg Office (Branch Office) – 731-285-8181

Huntingdon Office (Branch Office) – 731-986-8975

Selmer Office (Branch Office) – 731-645-7961 or 1-800-499-1602

Check the Status of an Attorney

The Board of Professional Responsibility (BPR) is an agency of the Tennessee Supreme Court.  The BPR licenses all attorneys in the state of Tennessee. To check whether an attorney is currently licensed to practice law in Tennessee or if an attorney has been disciplined by the BPR in the past, please contact the BPR at 1-800-486-5714 (toll-free in Tennessee) or 615-361-7500 (outside Tennessee) or visit www.tbpr.org.

12 Questions To Ask Your Potential Lawyer

from www.lawyers.com

Here is a handy checklist of basic questions to ask before you hire a lawyer:

  • What is your experience in this field?
  • Have you handled matters like mine?
  • What are the possible outcomes of my case?
  • What are my alternatives in resolving the matter?
  • Approximately how long will it take to resolve?
  • Do you recommend mediation or arbitration?*
  • What are your rates and how often will you bill me?
  • What is a ballpark figure for the total bill, including fees and expenses?
  • How will you keep me informed of progress?
  • What kind of approach will you take to resolve the matter - aggressive and unyielding, or will you be more inclined to reach a reasonable settlement?
  • Who else in the office will be working on my case?
  • Can junior attorneys or paralegals in the office handle some of the substantive legal work at a lower rate?

We also recommend that you check the standing of your attorney with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility. Call 800.486.5714 or visit www.tbpr.org.

After finding the lawyer for your case, there are things you can do as a client to make for a positive experience in the legal system. For tips on how to be a responsible client, click here.

Disclaimer: Each legal matter is unique with different facts and issues; it is nearly impossible for an attorney to advise you from the beginning of a case (with the exception of criminal defense work) how much their attorney fees are going to be (unless it is a situation where there can be a set rate). Furthermore, it is also difficult for an attorney to give anything other than an approximation as to how long it will take to reach a resolution in a Court case; there are factors outside your attorney’s control, such as the opposing party and the Court.