The American Bar Association (ABA) is the largest voluntary professional association in the world, with over 400,000 members. Most of its activities are of course geared towards those the needs of the member attorneys. However, there are several services offered by the ABA that the general public can use.
First, the ABA is a great place to turn to if you are looking for a lawyer. The ABA’s website keeps a list of attorney referral services broken down by state. These referral services are generally operated by county bar associations and other local groups. The ABA also offers helpful information on how to obtain free legal help if you qualify for those programs.
The American Bar Association also keeps quite a bit of free legal information on their website. This information is organized by state, since laws vary from place to place. Also, the ABA offers a helpful “practical law” section which has legal information that touches on day-to-day concerns. These include renting a home, lemon laws, and how the law affects your job.
Finally, the ABA keeps a database of its member lawyers. This database can help you protect yourself against bad legal representation. For a fee, you can call the Bar Association in order to find out if disciplinary action has been taken against a particular lawyer.
When faced with a legal issue, it is a good idea to leave “no stone unturned.” The American Bar Association can help teach you about legal issues, find a lawyer, and make sure that your lawyer does not have marks against his or her record.