Free Legal Clinics
In Washington, there are many organizations that offer free-legal clinics providing advice and legal representation. Below is a partial list off these organizations. To discover free legal aid clinics in your area, you should contact your local county bar association.
Lawyer Referral Services
Many county bar associations have local referral services for the public. A directory of county bar associations is one place to search. The American Bar Association also provides a directory of legal help providers by state.
The University of Washington offers an Entrepreneur, Federal Tax, and Mediation Clinic for the public.
Legal Services for Low-Income Clients
CLEAR is Washington’s toll-free, centralized intake, advice, and referral service operated by the Northwest Justice Project for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems. The web page lists hours and instructions.
The Washington State Bar Association also maintains a Moderate Means Program for an income-based reduction of legal fees for qualifying clients. The program involves all three university law schools.
The Washington State Attorney General’s office collates consumer complaints against area businesses. Many times, they can assist in the resolution of a dispute and may sometimes take legal action. For a full list of services, visit the Attorney General’s webpage.
Legal Services for Veterans
Northwest Justice Project’s statewide Veterans Project provides legal services for many areas of law including
- Vacating Criminal Convictions / Records
- Family Law
- Consumer Law
- Housing Issues
- Veteran’s benefits, and state public/health benefits
- Discharge Upgrades (less than 15 years old)
Veterans can call NJP’s Veterans Project directly: 1-855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387). Veterans facing issues not listed above can contact CLEAR to find out if they qualify for free legal aid.
An excellent resource for common legal issues is www.WashingtonLawhelp.org. The King County Bar Association also has information for preparation of your case. See Your Day in Court: How to Make Sure Your Voice Is Heard in King County,” along with a companionhandbook.