In the answer to your question, I wish to tell you that legal services, like advice of lawyers in our country are very expensive and often they are beyond the reach of the masses from the lower rungs of the society. One of the reasons is that lawyers are professionals who gather specialized knowledge in the field of law after years of study and hard work so that they can use this knowledge as a means of their livelihood. As a result, legal consultation is indeed very expensive, with some big lawyers charging lakhs of rupees for a single sitting.
However, there are various ways by which a client can take legal advice without the payment of any fees. Some of them are:
- Pro-bono services: Various lawyers offer pro-bono services wherein you can go a lawyer and they’ll advice you on the matter but not charge a single penny. This is generally resorted to by lawyers of high repute when they feel that the client has a serious issue but does not have financial resources to pay the lawyer. So, on compassionate basis, they waive their fees and advice the client free of cost.
- Websites: Apart from the independent practitioners, there are various websites like, Lawrato, Pathlegal, LAWyersClub, Lawyered, etc. which offer free legal advice. An aggrieved person can upload their query which are answered by various lawyers associated with the website.
- Legal Services Authority: There are government legal services authorities like National Legal Services Authority at national level and state legal services authorities at state level and so on. These are government backed institutions which aim at providing free legal aid to the weaker sections of the society.
In conclusion, there is a system in place for free legal advice mainly for the poor sections of the society. The people who can afford the fees should pay it, as it is a source of livelihood for the lawyer.
Hope this helps you.