Getting Free Or Cheap Family Legal Aid In Nevada
Start At The Self Help CenterThe Clark County Self Help center provides some forms for free to assist you in family law matters, including divorce, child custody, and child support. You can get the forms online by typing in "Self help center divorce in Las Vegas" and following the appropriate link that says self-help center. The forms are standard forms that can be filled out in minutes.
However, it is extremely advisable to fill out the forms and then have an attorney review prior to filing them so that you know whether you are affecting your rights and can understand the repercussions.
Furthermore, at the meeting with the attorney, you can clarify the procedure. You can get a 15 minute free consultation with family attorneys on Thursdays at Family Court, otherwise, there are attorneys that will charge $100 for perhaps an hour long inexpensive consultation.
Hiring An Attorney For CourtIf you require an attorney for any or all of the court proceedings, you can hire lawyers for limited services, i.e. unbundled services at flat rates. You can also call the Nevada bar lawyer referral service (702) 382-2200 and ask to qualify for the reduced fee panel. If you qualify for a reduced rate attorney, an attorney will charge $75 per hour instead of $250+ per hour (meaning you get over three times the amount of work for the price).
There is another option, but it is the hardest but cheapest lawyer to obtain, a free one through Nevada Legal Services. This last option can take a long time because of the number of people on a waiting list.
Representing YourselfWhile unadvisable, people may represent themselves in Court. In fact, it is quite common in family law for one or both parties to not have counsel as long as both the parties are reasonable. However, if either party becomes unreasonable, it may be necessary to retain counsel.
If you choose at first to represent yourself, you may want to save up your money in the mean time, preparing to retain counsel if it becomes necessary. If it turns out that an attorney is not needed, you have a nest egg for yourself that you can use on something else.