My players have several times run afoul of the law in their game and have recently been wanting to hire a lawyer. One player was arrested and is awaiting charges for sedition.

How would a lawyer work in 5th edition D&D?
I have a week to figure it out! Thanks for any help.

I'm not in an existing setting, but more or less wanted to know what is a price for a NPC lawyer's services? I would imagine that a lawyer would be like, a skilled worker, or something similar.

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I am not sure if this is exactly how it works RAW but this is how I do it.

On p159 of PHB under Services

I am not gonna quote all of it but this. P.159 directly above Spellcasting Services at the end of Services section.

Skilled hirelings include anyone hired to perform a service that involves a proficiency (including weapon, tool, or skill) a mercenary, artisan, scribe, and so on. The pay shown is a minimum; some expert hirelings require more pay.

I charge 2 gp per skill that a lawyer should be proficient in, and 6 gp for expertise.

  • Persuasion 6 gp

  • Insight 2gp.

  • Deception 6 gp

  • History 6 gp

20 gp a day or equivalent of Aristocratic lifestyle and profit.

It isn't specific RAW but I use history for law in my campaigns

P. 177-178 PHB under Intelligence sub category Intelligence checks

History. Your Intelligence (History) check measures your ability to recall lore about historical events, legendary people, ancient kingdoms, past disputes, recent wars, and lost civilizations.


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