For the Warrior Community
- Active duty service members may wish to go first to Armed Forces Legal Assistance's online database to "locate active duty legal activities offering general legal services within the continental United States". Look up Arkansas here
- The Arkansas Bar Association has a Legal Guide for Arkansas Veterans (PDF), and lots of other useful material, on its Publications for the Public page
- ArkansasVeterans.com offers a Legal Assistance Locator in the left column of its Legal Assistance page.
General-Purpose ResourcesServicemembers, veterans and their families are of course eligible to use the same resources as everyone else.
- Arkansas Legal Services Partnership is a good, general-purpose place to start looking for law help in Arkansas. It hosts a online law library, a Foreclosure Prevention web page, some free legal services to low-income Arkansans in non-criminal cases (ranging from family to consumer and housing to individual rights cases), and other resources.
Private Practice AttorneysTypically, a lawyer in private practice will listen to your situation for 15 or 20 minutes, then give you an idea about how to proceed, in general terms, without charging you. If the matter is something the lawyer can help you with, but must charge for, sometimes you can work out a military-family discount, especially if you are easy to work with.
- The Arkansas Bar Association has a Lawyer Finder you can use to search by geographical location and type of law. For example, you can pick "Veterans Law" and your city or county: try it here.
- The Findlaw website has a city-by-city list of lawyers in Arkansas who are interested in representing active-duty military personnel, military reservists, and veterans here.
- If you are interested in practicing Veterans' Law or other relevant specialties, make sure that the Arkansas Bar Association and Findlaw have you in their lists (above).
- The Arkansas Bar Association has Lawyers Assisting Military Personnel committee which "[a}ssists the Association in providing legal services specific to the needs of veterans of the United States Military as well as active and reserve personnel and their families." More information here. In 2001 it set up a Military Assistance Task Force which I'm having trouble locating on the website.
- Arkansas Legal Services helps qualifying servicemembers and veterans; an excellent example is here.