How can you request a court- appointed attorney for a civil case?

Asked over 1 year ago - Flushing, NY

I would like to be appointed an attorney due to financial issues. Along with a low income and frozen assets, I am unable to appoint an attorney.

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  1. Eric Edward Rothstein

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    Answered . What type of case? Generally, the court does not appoint attorneys is civil court cases.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases.... more
  2. L. Maxwell Taylor

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    Answered . Legal aid organizations exist which may take on representation in civil matters sometimes for defendants who have no money. Typically there are many more people who want such representation than the legal aid organization can afford to represent. I know of no right to representation by counsel in civil matters. Sometimes a lawyer will take on a civil matter for a defendant who has no money on a pro bono basis, but one cannot count on finding such counsel.

    Good luck in your search for representation.

    Not legal advice as I don't practice law in New York. It's just my two cents. If you need legal advice, consult New York counsel. I practice in Vermont ONLY.

  3. Jennifer L. Ellis

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    Answered . The court won't appoint an attorney in a civil case. If you meet specific income requirements you might find assistance at Legal Aid or a law school with a clinic.

    For a free consultation related to medical malpractice, personal injury, workers' compensation, social security... more

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