When to Use Legal Aid

If your income is currently below the national average for the number of people in your household, you may be eligible for free legal aid. Most legal aid clinics and pro bono lawyers (private lawyers who offer free legal aid) serve people whose household income is less than 125% of the government-recognized poverty line. The exceptions are Alaska and Hawaii, which have higher income thresholds. There are several HIV/AIDS legal counselling programs that provide free legal assistance to low-income clients infected with HIV or AIDS in areas such as estate planning, employment or housing discrimination, insurance difficulties, family law issues and other legal issues. The Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, Inc., „The Florence Project,“ provides holistic, free legal services to immigrants, refugees, and U.S. citizens detained by Arizona Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for immigration processing. The project targets men, women and children, including those with mental health and social service needs. The Modest Means program of the Eligible Income Legal Team (QUILT) is designed to help individuals and families who are „too wealthy“ to get free legal advice and „too poor“ to pay regular legal fees. The MODEST MEDIUM QUILT PROGRAM is not free legal advice. There is a $30 application/referral fee at the time of your application AND you are responsible for paying the reduced attorney fees that apply to your particular case. To participate in the QUILT program, you MUST meet the eligibility criteria. Call to find out if you qualify. Arizona`s only national hotline for victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. With knowledgeable staff, articling students and volunteers with over 20 years of experience in legal representation. The staff of the Legal Helpline is NOT a lawyer and cannot provide legal advice. Can provide information to Spanish-speaking callers. Confidential and secure. LSCVA`s mission is to provide free legal representation in criminal cases to victims of crime in Arizona, giving priority to victims of domestic and sexual violence. LSCVA advocates for and strives to uphold the rights of victims of crime and provides social services to facilitate post-crime healing.

Services are free for victims of crime. LSCVA is a virtual office; Lawyers and lawyers visit the jurisdiction of the victim`s case. This manual is provided for informational purposes only. The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice. Legal advice depends on the specific circumstances of each situation and the laws, which vary from state to state. To find more local resources, visit www.LawHelp.org and select your state. Created by FindLaw`s team of writers and legal writers| Last updated: 20 June 2016 Defenders of Children provides a wide range of free legal and clinical therapy services to children and their families who are victims of crime, including child abuse and domestic violence. Free phone or website service to find legal and social services from their database of over 2,000 agencies. The hotline is only an intermediary service, it does not offer legal advice.

Civil law are the rules that apply to almost all other litigation – these are the rules that apply when one person sues another person, company or agency. This includes housing cases such as eviction or foreclosure, a family matter such as divorce or custody, consumer issues such as debt collection or bankruptcy, or when someone sues for property damage or bodily injury. Community Legal Services can help people in some, but not all, types of civil cases. What should I do if I don`t get free legal aid? If you can`t find help from a legal or pro bono aid program, some alternatives include contacting a legal placement service (some may be able to refer you to a low-fee lawyer) or hiring a lawyer to do only some of the legal work and other parts yourself (this is called „unbundled“ legal services). You can also try to get legal information and try to solve the legal problem yourself. Please visit our section on other free resources for more information. Free pro bono legal aid – Find free or low-income legal aid. Pension Entitlement Centre – Get free legal help if you have problems with your pension, profit-sharing or retirement savings.

In addition to asking friends and family for the name of a good lawyer or checking the phone book, you can find legal help online. Civil legal aid is the provision of legal aid and assistance to persons living in or near poverty in legal matters outside the criminal justice system. For people facing civil law challenges such as unlawful evictions, foreclosures, domestic violence, or unlawful denial of government support, it may be impossible to navigate the court system without a lawyer. However, unlike the right of access to a lawyer in criminal proceedings, the courts have not recognized the right to a lawyer in the vast majority of civil cases. This makes justice inaccessible to low-income people and undermines a fundamental principle of our nation, which is that the amount of money a person receives should not determine the quality of justice they receive. The William E. Morris Institute for Justice is a non-profit public interest law firm that provides legal representation and legislative advocacy on behalf of low-income Arizonans. The Institute`s current priorities are: education and training assistance, communications coordination, legislative and administrative services, technical assistance and poverty litigation. Legal advice is often the only lifeline available to people facing life-changing consequences, such as losing their homes, jobs or custody of their children.

For example, research has shown that the provision of legal services „significantly reduces the incidence of family violence.“ The form of assistance depends on the nature of the legal problem the client is facing. Legal aid lawyers represent clients in a variety of matters outside of court, litigate before the courts on their behalf, and often conduct complex litigation seeking systemic change that affects many people facing similar circumstances. Are you looking for legal information or legal forms to represent yourself? Visit AZCourtHelp.org and AZLawHelp.org. The starting point is AZLawHelp.org. Here, the Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education and the State Bar, in partnership with many legal organizations, offer a place to seek legal aid, get answers to legal questions, download court forms, and more. You can also call 866.637.5341 to apply for legal aid by phone. For more useful information, see lawforveterans.org, lawforkids.org, and lawforseniors.org. The online application is a pre-qualification process to determine whether users are eligible for free or low-cost legal aid and which legal aid program best meets the user`s needs. Additional information or measures may be required to complete your application. Please read and follow all instructions at the end of the application. To find free legal aid in your area, check out FindLaw`s legal aid resources for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

If you are not eligible to receive free legal services based on any of the above criteria, you may want to speak to a lawyer in your area to discuss other fee arrangements. Individual lawyers (also called lawyers) are experts in various areas of law. Some lawyers specialize in a particular area of law, such as commercial, civil, criminal or juvenile law. You need to determine what type of lawyer is right for your legal situation. Once you`ve found a lawyer, ask them about their experience, areas of expertise, and questions such as „How would you handle my case?“ and „What do you charge for your services/what is your fee structure?“ The total amount allocated to the provision of civil legal assistance in the United States is approximately $1.345 billion. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is the largest funder of legal aid programs in the United States, providing about one-quarter of these funds. LSC is a government-funded non-profit organization that awards scholarships to 134 scholars nationwide. With this federal funding, recipients must meet certain restrictions on advocacy and client eligibility that do not apply to many other sources of civil legal aid funding. NLADA played a leading role in the founding of the LSC in 1974 and continues to lobby Congress vigorously for funding. Provides a basic legal services program for people over the age of 60. A paralegal answers basic legal questions or helps the client fill out forms to get a lawyer through other services.