LEGAL RESOURCES FOR THE WRITER
Many writers don't seek legal help because they don't know where to look for it, or because they fear they can't afford competent advice. The purpose of this chapter is to convince you that there are ways to understand the laws and legal procedures that affect you, and to work with a lawyer without ending up in the poorhouse.
The place to start is with your own education. A multitude of resources exist, designed to help you better understand the law and how it may affect you. Those resources include self-help books such as this one, the programs and publications of writer's organizations, informal networks of writers, and numerous workshops, seminars, and periodicals. Even the federal government provides potentially valuable help if you know where to look. Appendix A contains an annotated list of books, periodicals, and organizations to assist you.
Once you've used these resources to take your legal education to its practical limit, this chapter will help you decide whether you need a lawyer and, if you do, how to find one and get the most legal help for the least legal expense.
The first step in deciding what legal help you need is to recognize and define the problems you face. If you look back through this book, you'll see that the substance of each chapter deals with decisions that may