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"You have a right to an attorney..." only applies if you have been accused of a crime.  In civil cases, which includes divorce, custody, wage disputes, eviction, bankruptcy, and other non-criminal matters, the court is not obligated to provide you with an attorney. There are not special rules in court for people that do not have attorneys, so it is always in your best interest to find representation if possible. You will need to speak with attorneys directly to find out their fees.

To search for Louisiana attorneys by name or location, click here to visit the LSBA Membership Directory.

If you don't know the name of an attorney, some cities have local bar associations that you can contact for a referral. These cities are listed below.

Baton Rouge Bar Associations: 225-344-9926 – www.brba.org 
Lafayette Bar Association: 337-237-4700 - www.lafayettebar.org
New Orleans Bar Association: www.neworleansbar.org
Shreveport Bar Association: 318-222-3643 - www.shreveportbar.com

If you don't think you can afford to pay the full cost of an attorney for your whole case, you may be interested in the Modest Means Directory, Legal Aid & Pro Bono Organizations, and Self-Help Resources.


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