Getting the Most out of this Website
What Is LawHelp and How do I Use this Site?
WashingtonLawhelp.org provides free legal information and a guide to free and low cost legal help to low-income persons and seniors in Washington.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I find Legal Help?
- How do I find legal information?
- How do I use the "Search" feature?
- Type of Help
- Income guidelines
- Can I get help if my income is larger than the guidelines?
- Special Groups
If you are looking for free or low-cost legal services, start by clicking " Find Legal Help" on the blue bar that runs across the top of each page. You can browse legal aid organizations in an alphabetical directory or search for a provider in your area. Searching the Legal Aid Directory will give you a listing of legal aid organization in your area, how to contact them and a description of the services they provide.
There are several ways to find legal education publications and self-help packets on this web site.
- Use the Search in the upper-right corner of the web site. (Details on how to use the Search feature below)
- Choose a Topic from the drop-down menu under "Understand Your Legal Issue" on the blue bar under the Washington LawHelp logo on each page.
- On the home page, chose one of the Topics next to the green icons, for example, Family Law, Consumer or Housing. When you find the topic that best describes your legal problem, click on it. This will bring you to a list of "sub-topics" that should describe your legal problem more closely. So, for example, if you are being evicted from an apartment, you would start by:
- Clicking on the "Housing" topic, then
- Clicking on the word "Eviction" in the sub-topics section.
This will bring you to a list of printable resources, links and sometimes videos or interactive court forms. Click on any of the titles to view the resources.
You can also find information by using a "Search." The search feature is located in the light blue box at the upper right hand side of the Homepage. To use the search, just type in a few words to describe the information you need, and click on the button.
This will bring up a few articles related to your search. If you don't get any results, try again with less specific terms, and double-check to make sure all the words are spelled correctly. It also helps to use all lowercase letters (ex: "divorce" instead of "Divorce") and to avoid using any punctuation.
There are several different ways in which an organization can provide help:
- Full Representation - by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency.
- Brief Advice - in person or over the telephone.
- Legal Clinic - where you can briefly talk to an attorney about your legal problem.
- Pro Se Clinics - where you are shown how you can "help yourself" with a particular legal problem.
- Self-Help - educational materials such as factsheets and brochures.
- Other - workshops, referrals to private attorneys, and other services.
Note: Not all organizations provide all the services listed.
Some organizations cannot serve people with incomes higher than their guidelines. WashingtonLawHelp.org does not guarantee assistance from an organization even if you meet its income guidelines.
Many legal aid organizations use percentages of the Federal Poverty Guidelines to decide who can receive help. Assets also affect eligibility for services and are determined on a case by case basis by each legal services program.
Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors or people experiencing domestic violence. Also, some organizations take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts.
Some organizations/projects only serve special groups such as:
- Persons with disabilities
- People experiencing domestic violence
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