Legal Aid Society

Definition - What does Legal Aid Society mean?

Legal aid societies are nationally based programs that provide assistance to people who have legal problems and are not financially able to afford an attorney. A legal aid society will set an interview to review a person's financial situation in order to determine whether or not they qualify for the legal aid society's help. If it is determined that the person meets the requirements and qualifications, the legal aid society will provide them with an attorney and any other necessary legal help.

Justipedia explains Legal Aid Society

It is very rare that a legal aid society would be called upon to help to a person facing a criminal charge, because the Sixth Amendment states that anyone facing a criminal charge is entitled to an attorney; for those who cannot afford to hire a defense attorney, the government provides them with one. The legal aid society, however, will help provide legal assistance to anybody who needs it and cannot afford it.

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