Applying for Free Civil Legal Aid

What Will Happen When You Apply for Free Civil Legal Aid?

We will ask you some questions about the income and assets of your household to make sure you are eligible. Most applications take about five or ten minutes. The information you provide to us will not be shared with any person or agency without your permission. If you do not qualify for our help, we will tell you right away. We will not help with traffic violations or criminal cases.

If You Qualify for Free Civil Legal Aid:

You will be able to talk with a staff attorney, staff paralegal, or a participating attorney in your community to discuss your legal issue. You may receive advice and/or some information on how to solve the issue yourself.  

If your problem requires more legal help or representation, we will determine whether your legal problem falls within our priority plan. If it does, legal aid will be provided to you free of charge.

You will not be denied our services on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, age, religion, political affiliation or belief, receipt of public assistance, or disability.

 

We May be Able to Help You with the Following:

  • Consumer
    • Are you being threatened or harassed by a creditor or debt collector? 
    • Is your paycheck or bank account being garnished? 
    • Have your utilities been shut off? 
  • Education
    • Are you being threatened or harassed by a creditor or debt collector? 
    • Is your paycheck or bank account being garnished? 
    • Have your utilities been shut off? 
  • Employment
    • Have you been denied unemployment benefits? 
    •  Is your criminal history preventing you from getting a job? 
  • Family 
    • Do you have questions about your custody or parenting time rights? 
    • Are you or your child scared of a family member? 
    • Need help understanding court papers? 
  • Housing
    • Have you been asked to move or served eviction papers? 
    • Have you been locked out of your rental housing or have repair issues? 
    • Are you facing foreclosure or contract for deed cancellation? 
    • Have you been denied subsidized housing? 
    • Do you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation? 
  • Protective Orders
    • Is someone physically harming or threatening to harm you or your child? 
    • Are you or your child being harassed?
  • Public Assistance and Disability Benefits
    • Has your food support, Medical Assistance, or other public assistance been denied or stopped?
    • Have you been denied necessary medical care? 
    • Are you unable to work because of a disability?
  •  Senior Issues
    • Do you need a simple Will, Power of Attorney, or Health Care Directive?

Let us know if you have another type of legal issue. If we don’t handle it, we may be able to provide written information or a referral.