In Rhode Island, you can take advantage of the network set up by the Pro Bono Volunteer Law Program. Call their staff during the week on their toll-free or local number to ask questions and get referrals for free legal advice from participating attorneys. The numbers to contact are here.
For general help, counseling, and information on where to get free legal aid in Rhode Island, contact the Rhode Island Legal Services group. They have an office in Providence and another in Newport, but they will also help you look for places where you can get free legal help around the state. Call the office nearest you for more information using their local or toll-free numbers.