Most places are strict in defining who is able to provide legal advice. Laws can be complicated and it’s good to have a lawyer, paralegal, or similar legal expert help you navigate some of those complexities. Advocates can give general information and help you prepare for court, but they can’t provide actual legal advice unless they also carry the requisite licensing.

Service agencies, government offices, courthouses, and public libraries will be able to provide you with local legal resources. Some online resources include:

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