Is there a way to get a lawyer for free? My husband threw out all my belongings

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Is there a way to get a lawyer for free? My husband threw out all my belongings

I’ve been separated for 3 years. I was getting spousal support but not anymore. The last time i went to court he agreed to let me get my stuff out of the house, however I’ve been back and forth to motels and had no room for anything…us, I had a lot going on because I had a baby and was dealing with the father. Well, I finally went to the house today 3 years later with 2 policemen and he admitted to the police that he got rid of all my stuff. Threw it all out…I have no receipts for any of those things but it’s worth about $3,000 at least. Problem is, I have no money for a lawyer…what can I do? The cop told me he wrote it down and it’s in his notes that my husband admitted to getting rid of it. I had no way of contacting him these 3 years because he doesn’t answer the phone to me or hangs up. I even wrote him a letter before and never got a response. I live further away so I wasn’t able to stop by the house and I didn’t feel safe anyway.

Asked on May 21, 2016 under Family Law, Pennsylvania

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

To find a lawyer for free, you should check with Legal Aid or there may be some law firms in your area that do pro-bono work.  Another possibility is occasionally there are legal clinics where attorneys do volunteer work.  Another possibility is to check with law schools in your area which may have law students who can help you at no cost.


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