The process of getting interdiction or continuing tutorship is complicated!
We suggest you consider getting a lawyer to help you choose the right option for your family member and support you through the process. You want to be sure you're doing everything the legally correct way.
If you can't afford to pay for a lawyer, you might be able to get free legal services.
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If you can't afford a lawyer, try calling one of these organizations.
They should be able to give you free advice and maybe free or low cost legal help.
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The Advocacy Center of LA provides free services. Call their hotline at 800-960-7705.
The Louisiana Civil Justice Center offers a free legal hotline with brief advice and attorney referrals. Call 800-310-7029, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.
Louisiana State Bar Legal Education and Assistance Program provides a search directory by parish that includes legal aid organizations. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select your parish.
The Southeast Louisiana Legal Services provides legal aid to low-income people. Visit their website to find contact information for an office located near you.
The courts may also provide some legal assistance but there is no guarantee.
Use our Resource Directory. Look in the Legal category under Services.
Reminder: We do not endorse any of these providers. We are simply providing links for your reference.
If you don't qualify for free legal help, there are many ways to find a lawyer in your area.
To find legal help:
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When searching through these resources, look for lawyers who specialize in special education law, disability law, family law, probate law, interdiction, or tutorship.
Search for lawyers in your parish through the Disabilities Assistance Network. This list isn't comprehensive; the people listed here have asked to be included.
Check with the Louisiana Bar Association's Referral Service. In New Orleans you can call 504-561-8828; in Baton Rouge you can call 225-344-9926.
You can also call the Louisiana Bar Association at 1-800-421-5722 for help finding a lawyer in your area.
The Academy of Special Needs Planners: Louisiana Listings.(The lawyers are marked A for Attorney)
Special Needs Alliance: Louisiana Listings.
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys: search by your zip code here.(Besides elder law, these members usually know a lot about guardianship for people with disabilities as well.)
Sources: LA Bar Association LEAP Program, Louisiana State Bar Association