The legal landscape in this country is difficult to navigate without an expert guide, and many people simply can't afford to hire a lawyer when they need one. That's why the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was established by Congress in 1974:
purpose is to "provide financial support for civil legal aid to
low-income Americans. LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing
funding to 134 independent non-profit legal aid programs in every state,
the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territories." So, if you have a low
income, need help with a legal problem, and don't happen to be related
to the type of lawyer you need, the LSC site can help you find a legal
aid organization in your area.