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D.C. Council Moves Forward With Plan to Provide Free Lawyers in Certain Civil Lawsuits

By: Allan M. Siegel

The District of Columbia Council is considering passing a law that would provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants in certain housing cases, such as evictions. The bill was authored by council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The bill is significant because, in landlord-tenant disputes, tenants are rarely represented by lawyers, whereas landlords usually are. Notably, this bill is part of McDuffie’s ultimate goal to ensure that everyone has a right to a free lawyer in all civil lawsuits. (Currently, under the U.S. Constitution, a person is only legally entitled to a free lawyer in criminal cases.)

Injury Attorneys in Washington, DC

Interestingly, in most personal injury cases – especially motor vehicle collision cases – people basically already have access to free lawyers. Defendants in personal injury lawsuits usually have insurance policies, and so insurance companies provide them with lawyers. On the other side, personal injury attorneys like us who represent lawyers work on contingency fees. This means that if we win, we take a fraction of the recovery, but our clients never have to pay money out of their own pockets.

Lack of money should never prevent you from obtaining a good lawyer to fight for justice if you have been wrongfully injured by someone else. Whatever your financial status, you can always contact the personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free consultation.