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Need free legal aid in Alabama? We’ve found resources that can help. Whether you need advice or full court representation, we’ve found several agencies that can help!
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How can I get free legal aid in Alabama?
There are several different agencies that can assist you, depending on your specific legal needs. In order to find the best one, read the descriptions below.
Legal Services Alabama
This organization provides assistance to all low income Alabama residents. They provide assistance in several ways, including civil legal representation, preventative law services, mediation and self-help legal materials.
Legal Services Alabama specializes in several areas, including:
- domestic violence protection
- public benefits claims
- collections and debt issues
- housing rights
- elder abuse
- age discrimination
- taxpayer problems
- disaster-related issues
Before you contact them, please be aware of their limitations. They do not assist with criminal cases or class action lawsuits. Although they assist tenants, they do not assist landlords with evictions. They also do not assist in matters where a private attorney may assist on a contingency basis.
In order to apply for their free legal aid in Alabama, you will need to either apply online or call their toll-free line at (866) 456-4995.
Volunteer Lawyers Programs
These volunteer lawyer programs assist with landlord/tenant disputes, foreclosure prevention, uncontested divorces, paternity cases, child support and custody issues, adoption, bankruptcy, debt collection, small claims, public benefits appeals, employment issues, simple estate planning and more! These agencies provide some of the most helpful legal aid in Alabama.
There are several different programs around the state, so the office you need to contact will depend on what county you live in.
If you live in Baldwin, Clark, Mobile or Washington Counties, then you will need to contact the South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program. This organization works with over 885+ local volunteer attorneys to provide service throughout that region.
If you live in Jefferson County, then you will need to contact the Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program. Their website indicates that over 500 attorneys have donated more than 6,000 pro bono hours per year. That’s over $2 million in free legal assistance for Jefferson County residents!
Madison County residents need to contact the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program. This program helps more than 1,000 people per year with free legal advice and representation! It is important to realize that they will not assist with traffic court, contested divorces, criminal matters or fee-generating cases.
Montgomery County residents need to contact the Montgomery Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program. This organization can assist with bankruptcy, child support modifications, collections, contracts, uncontested divorces, landlord/tenant issues, tax and more. They can be reached at (334) 265-0222.
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The ACLU organization focuses on the protection of freedom throughout the United States. They have staffed affiliate offices in all 50 states, Washington DC and Puerto Rico. In order to find the ACLU office near you, click here.
Don’t qualify for legal aid in Alabama? Try this!
If you do not qualify for free legal aid, then you may still qualify for low-cost legal help. If you contact the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (800) 392-5660, you can be connected with a lawyer that will not charge more than $50 for the first 30 minute consultation.
You can also use the self-help forms provided by the Alabama Legal Help website. They provide instructions that can help you fill out your own forms with confidence.