NEW YORK — How to Protect Yourself From Lawsuit and Fraud, Legal Aid Lawyer John B. Ruggles writes for Bloomberg L.P. and has been covering the rise and fall of legal aid in the United States since the early 2000s.
The Legal Aid Association has seen a big spike in the number of lawsuits filed against it in the past decade, and its membership has dwindled.
There’s no shortage of reasons why this is, in part, a problem.
Legal aid is a great way for people to make sure that they get the legal help they need, but a lawsuit can be a big cost, and people with the financial resources to fight back don’t have many options.
“There are always people who can make their own legal decisions and take advantage of the system, but the people who are the most likely to be victims of these kinds of lawsuits are the ones who are poor,” said Ruggies, a partner at Ruggling, Rottmann & Co. in New York City.
In recent years, a number of states have moved to make it harder for lawyers to win their cases.
Some have made it a crime to be a lawyer, and others have created laws to deter people from joining.
New York’s new law, which took effect on July 1, prohibits lawyers from accepting gifts or money from law firms, and barters are prohibited from selling legal services, such as court cases.
The law also requires lawyers to register as lawyers and pay a $100 fee to join the association.
Another law takes effect July 1 that requires lawyers who join a state bar association to register with the association, pay a fee, and complete an online training program.
It also requires law firms to register lawyers and provide a website with information on how to do so.
If you think your legal aid attorney is in the wrong, contact them directly.
A lawyer is only human.
He or she can be biased, and you can help make sure he or she isn’t by following the legal advice they give you, Ruggs said.