Individual lawyers (also called attorneys) are experts in different areas of the law. Some attorneys specialize in a certain field of law, such as business, civil, criminal, or juvenile law. You will need to determine which type of attorney is right for your legal situation. Once you find an attorney, ask about their experience, areas of expertise, and questions such as, “How would you handle my case?” and “What do you charge for your services/what is your fee structure?”
Besides asking your friends and family for the name of a good lawyer or checking the phone book, you can find legal aid online.
- Legal Services Corporation (LSC) – Find legal aid for low-income individuals and families.
- Pro Bono and Free Legal Help – Locate free or low-income legal help.
- Free Legal Answers – If you have a low income and qualify for the program, you can submit civil law questions to the American Bar Association. Volunteer lawyers will provide answers for free. They won’t discuss criminal proceedings.
- LawHelp.org – Locate free legal aid programs in your community. Find information about your legal rights by topic, such as housing, divorce, child support, and debt collection.
- Upsolve – Find free legal aid to file for bankruptcy. Keep in mind, Chapter 7 bankruptcy information stays on your credit report for 10 years. This can make it hard to get credit, buy a home, receive life insurance, or get a job. Learn more about bankruptcy, and other options for dealing with debt.
- Contact your state consumer protection office for help resolving consumer issues. This office is often part of the state attorney general’s office. Depending on the state and office, they may:
- Mediate complaints
- Conduct investigations
- Prosecute offenders of consumer laws
- Advocate for consumer rights. Note: Your state consumer office cannot represent you in a case or against a company.
- Immigration Legal Services – Search your state for free legal services providers. for individuals in immigration proceedings.
Military and Veterans
- Stateside Legal – Find free legal help for military members, veterans, and their families.
- Legal Help for Veterans – Find free legal clinics and other resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Armed Forces Legal Assistance – Find nearby military installations with legal assistance offices.
People with Disabilities
- National Disability Rights Network – Locate legal advocacy service providers by state for people with disabilities.
- Eldercare Locator – Enter your ZIP Code to find local offices on aging and legal services organizations.
- Pension Rights Center – Get free legal help for problems with your pension, profit sharing, or retirement savings plans.
- EEOC – Filing a Lawsuit – Learn how to find an employment lawyer and file a job discrimination lawsuit under the rules of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Oklahoma City (), officially the City of Oklahoma City, and often shortened to OKC, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, it ranks 25th among United States cities in population, and is the 11th largest city in the South. The population grew following the 2010 census and is estimated to have reached 655,057 as of July 2019. The Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,396,445, and the Oklahoma City–Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,469,124, making it Oklahoma’s largest municipality and metropolitan area by population.
Oklahoma City’s city limits extend somewhat into Canadian, Cleveland, and Pottawatomie counties, though much of those areas outside the core Oklahoma County area are suburban tracts or protected rural zones (watershed). The city is the eighth-largest in the United States by area including consolidated city-counties; it is the second-largest, after Houston, not including consolidated cities.
Lying in the Great Plains region, Oklahoma City has one of the world’s largest livestock markets. Oil, natural gas, petroleum products and related industries are its economy’s largest sector. The city is in the middle of an active oil field and oil derricks dot the capitol grounds. The federal government employs a large number of workers at Tinker Air Force Base and the United States Department of Transportation’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center (which house offices of the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Department’s Enterprise Service Center, respectively).
Oklahoma City is on the I-35 Corridor, one of the primary travel corridors south into neighboring Texas and Mexico and north towards Wichita and Kansas City. Located in the state’s Frontier Country region, the city’s northeast section lies in an ecological region known as the Cross Timbers. The city was founded during the Land Run of 1889 and grew to a population of over 10,000 within hours of its founding. It was the scene of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, in which 168 people died, the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history until the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history.
Since weather records have been kept, Oklahoma City has been struck by 13 violent tornadoes, 11 of which were rated F4 or EF4 on the Fujita and Enhanced Fujita scales, and two F5 or EF5.