Legal Help keywords

Find the keywords, questions, and phrases that people are using when they’re seeking help online.

Our Stanford Legal Design Lab team has been collecting the most common keywords for legal problems that people experience. Use our keyword research to make content and SEO strategies that better connect with people who need help.

Why are keywords important for legal help online?

What are the terms that people are searching for, that are related to legal help? These are the keywords that legal help websites should be aiming to serve.

Use the legal help keywords and searches on this page to:

  • Make sure you are covering the key topics
  • Buy the right keywords on Google Adwords or other digital marketing purchases
  • Title your pages to match people’s phrases
  • Create Headings for sections and FAQs that match these phrases

Keyword research helps us understand how many people are searching for certain topics, what words are most commonly used, and how difficult it might be for a website to rank highly for different phrases.

The key is to find keywords that are both popular (with a significant volume) and that are possible to rank for (where it is not so competitive that it’s very difficult to get placement on the results page).

By using a keyword strategy, you can improve the effectiveness of your legal help site. You can better:

  1. Serve the needs of your users. By using these keywords, you can ensure you are providing them content that they need, for civil justice problems.
  2. Make sure people can find you. If you use the most common keywords & match people’s phrases, then search engines are more likely to show people your pages — and people are more likely to be able to match their versions of their questions to your content.

How to Do Keyword Research

Keyword research tools are meant to help website administrators find the ways that people are talking about the topics that these administrators have offerings around.

These tools include:

Google’s Keyword Planner requires a Google account and some setup. Then once you have it set up, you can find keywords that match the topics that people are searching for

Answer the Public takes the 1-3 keywords entered by the user, and then combines them with various prepositions or suppositions, enters them into Google search boxes, and records the AutoComplete suggestions that Google provides.

People Also Ask takes a similar approach, but records what Google Search presents in ‘People Also Ask’ boxes on the results page.

QuestionDB searches popular forums, like Reddit, Quora, and Stack Exchange, for any questions that have these keywords or their variations. They list back these posts’ titles, text, and original links.

Legal help issue overview

If you are a legal aid group, court self-help group, or other law help site, what sections should you have on your website?

Here is a key outline of the content you should have, that people are seeking help for. These are the common topics that our group, Legal Help Online Cohort, has identified as common issue areas.

  1. Family:
    1. Divorce, Spousal and Child Support
    2. Custody and Visitation
    3. Domestic Abuse problems
    4. Guardianship and Conservators
  2. Housing:
    1. Landlord-Tenant: Eviction and being Behind on Rent,
    2. Eviction Record Expungement
    3. Landlord-Tenant: Bad living conditions, Harassment
    4. Landlord-Tenant: Reasonable Accommodation of people’s disabilities
    5. Landlord-Tenant: Access to housing, dealing with discrimination
    6. Homeownership and Foreclosure
    7. Contractor disputes or fraud
  3. Money & Debt:
    1. Wage theft, not being paid fully/fairly by an employer
    2. Garnishment of wages
    3. Car accidents, 
    4. Repossession,
    5. Being sued for money
    6. Suing others for money, and collecting on money judgments
  4. Protective Orders:
    1. Domestic Abuse, 
    2. Workplace Harassment,
    3. Stalking problems
  5. Miscellaneous
    1. Driver’s License Restoration, 
    2. Criminal Record Expungement to clear your record after being in the criminal justice system
    3. Name or Gender Change

Our team has been collecting common FAQs and keywords for different legal topics. Find them here, along with their LIST code & relative traffic volume.

Housing Keywords: eviction, landlord-tenant, and rent

These frequently asked questions come from people’s searches on Google, their questions on social media, and their responses to fictional scenarios about what they might ask if they were in a problem situation.

These keywords can be useful to legal help groups looking to buy ads, title their pages, or create content around.

We have grouped them based on use-case and scenario.

Right to Counsel Keywords and Searches

A growing number of jurisdictions have a guaranteed right to a free lawyer for people facing eviction lawsuits.

What are the queries and keywords that a user might search, that would indicate they might be eligible for this Right to Counsel? These are the queries that should receive special attention by any website or service that’s trying to reach people to inform them of their right, and connect them to the free lawyers who can help them with this legal emergency.

  • help I’m being sued for eviction
  • fight eviction
  • defend against eviction
  • stop an eviction
  • responding to an eviction lawsuit
  • tenant attorney
  • tenant lawyer
  • tenant legal aid
  • eviction legal aid
  • I received an eviction summons
  • can I be evicted
  • facing eviction because I didn’t pay rent
  • how can i stop an eviction
  • What happens if you move out before an eviction court date?

Landlord-Tenant Problems Brewing

What to do if you are behind on rent?

How many months can you be behind on rent?

What to do when you’re behind on rent?

What to do if I can’t pay rent?

Missed a rent payment

How long do I have to pay rent before eviction?

Can you go to jail for missing rent?

How much rent can i miss before eviction?

I can’t make rent, what can I do

I can’t make rent this month

How long can you stay in a house without paying rent?

Can’t pay rent

Can’t pay my rent, what are my rights

Behind on Rent

Tenant Help with Rent

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

What can I do about my tenant’s behavior?

How to deal with bad tenants

How do you get someone out of your house that won’t leave?

How do I force a tenant to leave?

How can I evict a tenant fast?

How do you make a tenant’s life miserable?

How can I kick out my tenant without a lease?

What if there is no lease agreement?

Can a mentally ill person be evicted?

How do I evict a crazy tenant?

How do you deal with a crazy tenant?

Landlord legal assistance

Eviction services

Landlord legal aid

What can I do about my landlord’s behavior?

My landlord wants me to leave, how long do I have?

Landlord trying to make me move out

What is a landlord threat?

What can a landlord do and not do?

What can a landlord NOT do?

Can a landlord tell you how do you clean your house?

What can I do if my landlord throws my stuff out?

Can a landlord enter without tenant present?

What can landlord keep deposit for?

Can a landlord charge you for painting after you move out?

Can a landlord evict you for having overnight guests?

Can a landlord kick you out without going to court?


Can a landlord kick me out?

Renter Rights and Assistance

What are renters rights?

What rights do renters have?

Renters rights

Tenants Rights

Tenant Help line

Tenants legal aid

Tenant lawyers near me

What kind of lawyer helps tenants?

When should a tenant hire a lawyer?

Legal aid near me

Free lawyer near me

Eviction Notice & Process

Eviction risk & reasons

Can someone evict you for no reason?

Can I be evicted if I didn’t do anything wrong?

When can a landlord evict a tenant?

Reasons for an eviction

If I pay my rent can I still be evicted

can i be evicted

just cause eviction laws

good cause eviction

eviction moratorium

Stop on evictions

Notice about a possible eviction

How much notice should a landlord give a tenant to leave?

What is a written eviction notice?

How long does an eviction notice give you?

Is a handwritten eviction notice legal?

How many days does a landlord have to give?

How long do I have to leave if I’m being evicted

Eviction Lawsuit Process and Court

How long does an eviction take?

What is the legal term for eviction?

What happens if you move out before an eviction court date?

How do you get unpaid rent after tenant moves out?

How to evict a tenant

How to evict someone

Eviction process

Rules on eviction

Can I get evicted

Defending Yourself Against an Eviction Lawsuit

How can I stop an eviction?

How do I fight an eviction?

Fight unlawful eviction

Eviction legal aid

Eviction help

Unlawful detainer help

Tenants legal aid

Legal defenses against eviction

Eviction defenses I can use

How do i respond to an eviction?

Appealing an Eviction Lawsuit or Stopping a Set-Out

Can judge overturn eviction?

Appeal an eviction

Dismiss eviction judgment

Missed eviction court

Why would an eviction be dismissed?

How can I stop an eviction order?

What is a hardship stay?

Eviction Consequences

Dealing with a Set-Out

How long can you stay in an apartment after being evicted?

What happens when the marshal comes to evict you?

Can you move back into an apartment after being evicted?

Eviction Records & Consequences

What does an eviction do to you?

Does an eviction follow you

Do evictions show on background checks?

What happens if you are evicted from an apartment?

Do evictions hurt your credit score?

Does an eviction go on your record?

Can I buy a house with an eviction?

Do dismissed evictions show up on background checks?

Does an eviction go on your record right away?

How hard is it to rent after an eviction?

How can I check my rental history?

How can I rent an apartment with an eviction on my record?

How can I rent with a bad rental history?

How long does an eviction stay on your background check?

Do evictions show in different states?

Removing or Sealing an Eviction Record

Can credit repair remove evictions?

How can I fix my rental history?

Can Lexington Law remove evictions?

How do I remove an eviction from my tenant screening?

Does Chapter 7 get rid of evictions?

Money and Debt keywords

Debt Collection FAQs

These are questions that people search online for help with. These frequently asked questions are worth creating content for on your website, to make sure that your group is matching people’s needs.

What is the debt collection process?

Will a collection agency sue for $5000?
How do I deal with debt collectors if I can’t pay?
How long can a creditor come after you?
Do collection agencies take you to court?
How much does a debt collector pay for debt?
How much should I offer to settle a collection?
Do debt collectors ever give up?
How do I settle a debt lawsuit?
Should I pay debt collector or original creditor?

What happens when a debt collector sues you?

What happens if you lose a lawsuit and can’t pay?
Can a collection agency take money out of your bank account?
What happens if I can’t pay a Judgement?
What income Cannot be garnished?
Is it worth suing someone with no money?
Can you go to jail for not paying Judgement?
How much should I offer to settle a Judgement?
What can be seized in a debt Judgement?
Does a Judgement ever go away?

How do I handle a debt collection lawsuit?

Will a collection agency sue for $5000?
How long does it take for a collection agency to sue you?
How long can a creditor come after you?
Do I need a lawyer for debt collection?
How much does a debt lawyer cost?
How can I sue a debt collector and win?
What time are debt collectors allowed to call?
What do debt collection lawyers do?
What resets the statute of limitations on debt collection?
Can attorneys collect debt?
Can a collection company garnish your wages?
Can a collection agency garnish your wages without going to court?
How much can debt collector garnish from your wages?
Can creditor garnish my bank account?
Can debt collectors garnish Social Security?
How long until creditors garnish wages?

How likely is it for a debt collector to sue me?

Will a collection agency sue for $2000?
Will a collection agency sue for $3000?
Do debt collectors ever give up?
How does a debt collector prove they own the debt?
What should you not say to debt collectors?
Can debt collectors prove you owe?
Can you fight a collection agency?
What happens if a collection agency refuses to validate debt?
How much do collection companies pay for debt?
Is it bad to settle a debt with a collection agency?
What is the lowest a debt collector will settle for?
What percentage of a debt is typically accepted in a settlement?

What happens when you don’t pay your debt?

What should you not say to debt collectors?
Can you go to jail for not paying debt collector?
Do collections go away after paying?
Should I dispute a collection?
Does debt go away after 7 years?
Does credit card debt die with you?
Does unpaid debt ever go away?
How long can a collection agency attempt to collect a debt?
Can I get a loan to pay off credit cards?
Can creditors call family members?
How can I get a collection removed without paying?
Should you pay off collections first?
Can you make monthly payments to debt collectors?
Can you ask a debt collector to remove entry from credit report?
What is the best way to pay collections?

Legal Aid topics

Some people do not search for their specific problem or legal issue. Rather they go online to search for general legal and lawyer information.

Legal aid FAQs

What is a free lawyer called?
Are pro bono lawyers any good?
What type of lawyer makes the least money?
Why do lawyers take pro bono cases?
Do lawyers accept payment plans?
How much does a lawyer usually charge?
How can I get money to pay a lawyer?
How much does it cost to hire a defense attorney?
What do I do if I can’t afford a lawyer?
Is it bad to go to court without a lawyer?
How do I hire a divorce lawyer with no money?
Can’t afford a divorce What can I do?
Do public defenders do divorce cases?
What is the cheapest divorce you can get?
Who pays legal costs in divorce?
Can I get divorced without my spouse?
How do you live separately in the same house?
How do you finance a divorce?
How do I contact a free lawyer?
How much does it cost to ask a lawyer a question?
How can I talk to a lawyer?
How do I talk to my lawyer for the first time?
What type of lawyer do I need?
Are public attorneys free?
Are free lawyers any good?
Is everyone entitled to legal aid?
How much does a public defender make an hour?
Do public defenders cost money?
Do pro bono attorneys get paid?
Is Pro Bono really free?
What is it called when a lawyer only gets paid if he wins?
How do lawyers work pro bono?
Can you claim pro bono work on your taxes?
Which types of attorneys make the most money?
What is pro bono case?
How can I get a legal question answered for free?
Can I talk to an attorney for free?
What is a legal question?
Is JustAnswer lawyer legit?
What is just answer membership?
Can I ask a lawyer questions online?
What does free consultation with a lawyer mean?
How do you answer a lawyer question?
Can you claim legal aid for divorce?
Is Pro Bono really free?
What can jag help me with?
What does it mean to be pro bono?
Can you ask a lawyer questions for free?
Is legal aid free in my state?
Can’t afford a lawyer what do I do?
Is everyone entitled to legal aid?
Can I apply for legal aid myself?
Who can get legal aid in family law?
Who can use Legal Aid?
Is there a cap on legal aid?
What is the legal aid means test?
Can lawyers give free advice?
Does it cost to talk to a lawyer?
How do you find the legal representation?
What qualifies you for legal aid in my state?
Does legal aid help with divorce in my state?
What if I can’t afford a lawyer for divorce?
How do I pay for a divorce lawyer with no money?
What is the primary resource for poor people who need access to free legal services?
How do I find a pro bono lawyer in my state
What do you mean by free legal aid?
Who is entitled to free legal aid?
Where does legal aid money come from?
What are the free lawyers called?
What do you mean by legal services?
What is the role of legal aid?
How do I qualify for legal aid in my state?
What do tenant right groups do?
Who is entitled to free legal support?
Where can I go to get legal aid?
Is right to free legal aid a fundamental right?

Traffic Ticket topics

Our team collected these keywords from our research tools including AlsoAsked, People Also Ask, and other search/SEO platforms. We synthesized together the common topics.

Keywords and search queries for traffic tickets

These are keywords that legal aid groups and courts might use in their titles, online ad purchases, and other places where they hope to connect with users.

traffic ticket lawyer

pay traffic ticket online

traffic ticket lookup

find traffic ticket by license number

traffic ticket check online

court traffic ticket

how to pay traffic ticket

find my traffic ticket

fight a traffic ticket

get a ticket dismissed

FAQs for traffic tickets

Understanding Traffic Ticket Basics FAQs

This user is hoping to understand how traffic tickets and traffic court work. They are hoping to understand the rules of the system and the procedure — so they can understand what strategies they might form in response.

how much is a traffic ticket

what is a bench warrant for a traffic ticket

how much is a speeding ticket

what happens in traffic court

how long do i have to pay a ticket

Lookup Info on Traffic Ticket FAQs

These questions are from a user who wants to see if they indeed have a traffic ticket. Perhaps they had an interaction with the police, and want more details about whether it really was a ticketed offense or not. Maybe they lost the piece of paper they were given. Or maybe they want to find the ticket to then start a resolution process.

how do you check if you have a traffic ticket

can i check online if I have a speeding ticket

how do i check my traffic violations

how do i find my traffic ticket online

Challenging a Traffic Ticket FAQs

This user is looking for strategies and rules around fighting back against a traffic ticket, either to get it dismissed outright or to lessen the amount you have to pay. They’re looking for resources, defenses, services, and rules that can help them form a challenging-the-ticket strategy.

how to fight a traffic ticket

how to get traffic ticket dismissed

how to fight a traffic ticket

if you plead not guilty to a traffic ticket what happens

how do I fight a speeding ticket

how do you get a traffic ticket dismissed

Payment on Traffic Ticket FAQs

These questions are around the ‘payment’ task. This user likely wants to connect with the online portal for paying the traffic ticket with the court (or asking for reductions in fees).

how to pay a traffic ticket online

where to pay traffic ticket

can I just pay my ticket and not go to court?

what happens if you pay a ticket late

can i just pay my ticket

Consequences of a Traffic Ticket FAQs

This user is hoping to understand what’s going to happen now that they have a traffic ticket — and perhaps also once they have ‘plead guilty’ and now are dealing with the after-effects of a traffic court judgment.

how many points until you lose your license

how much does 2 points affect insurance

how long does a traffic ticket stay on your record

how do I get points off my license

how long do tickets stay on your record