Need free legal aid in Arizona? 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 low income legal aid in Arizona?
There are several different agencies that can assist you, depending on your specific legal needs. In order to find the best one, please carefully review all the descriptions below.
There are many agencies that offer legal aid in Arizona for low income individuals and families. Each one has different eligibility requirements, so be sure to read these descriptions carefully!
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.
Arizona Access to Justice
Find out if you qualify for free or reduced-cost legal assistance from Arizona’s Access to Justice Online Intake System. Just call (866) 637-5341 or click here to apply online.
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Arizona Legal Center
The Arizona Legal Center provides legal advice and consultations. The cases are reviewed by lawyers in the Legal Triage Program to determine the extent of assistance you will receive. Calll them at (480) 727-0127 for more information.
Community Legal Services Inc.
The wonderful people at Community Legal Services believe that everyone should be treated fairly by the legal system, regardless of how much money they have. That’s why they serve Arizona families with incomes that are at or below 125% of the federal poverty level.
Community Legal Service Inc. can provide several different types of services, depending on your specific case and needs. They can provide self-help services and legal education so that you can advocate for your own rights. If needed, they can also provide legal advice, assistance or even full representation.
This agency has many different specialties. They provide assistance with family law, housing, consumer protection, health and economic stability, employment children’s law, domestic violence, farmworker’s rights, HIV/AIDS law, taxes and more.
However, they do not assist with traffic tickets, criminal cases, child support, personal injury or other cases where an attorney may receive a fee.
You can apply for free legal aid in Arizona by filling out the Community Legal Services Inc. application online, over the phone or in person at their office. They have locations in Phoenix, San Luis, Yuma, Kingman (Mohave County) and Prescott (Yavapai County).
Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc.
SALA, or Southern Arizona Legal Aid Inc., serves low income households in Apache, Cochise, Gila, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz Counties. They assist with free legal advice, documents, self-help workshops and sometimes even court representation.
They specialize in immigration, Tribal Court representation, consumer issues (such as debt collection and garnishment), public benefits assistance, family law (like divorce and custody), and housing issues (such as foreclosure and Section 8 issues).
In order to apply for services, you will need to fill out this online application, call the office or visit in person.
Where else can I find legal aid in Arizona?
If you’re not necessarily low income, you can still receive free and reduced-cost legal services if you qualify for one of these programs!
Arizona Center for Disability Law (Disabled Persons Only)
If you are living with a disability and have a disability-related legal problem, then you may be eligible for free legal aid in Arizona from the Arizona Center for Disability Law!
This agency only assists with disability-related legal issues. They do not assist with ordinary legal matters, such as divorces or bankruptcies. However, they will assist you in enforcing your legal rights, advocating for assistive technology, remedying discrimination or other disability-related matters.
This organization provides legal aid in Tucson and Phoenix offices. In order to receive assistance, you will need to fill out this online intake form. This can only be completed by the disabled person, the parent of a disabled minor child, or a legal representative.
Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project (Domestic Violence Victims Only)
If you are a domestic violence survivor, then you may qualify for assistance from the Arizona Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project. This program connects survivors and their children with essential legal services at no cost.
This service can assist you with obtaining a protective order, filing a divorce, and advising you in landlord/tenant issues. They can also assist with other domestic violence related issues.
Arizona Military Legal Assistance Project (Military & Veterans Only)
The Arizona Military Legal Assistance Project provides free legal assistance to veterans and military servicemembers who meet certain eligibility guidelines.
This program can offer advice, services or even full representation. All though the program does not guarantee that the attorney will offer full representation, they do promise that the Project will offer one hour of free legal services.
The Arizona Military Legal Assistance Project can assist with standard legal issues like immigration, elder law, estates, wills, family law, and real estate. They can also assist with specific issues like veteran’s health laws, VA employment laws and more.
In order to get help from this program, you will need to call the LegalLearn 24-hour automated pre-application line at (866) 637-5341.
Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project (Seniors Only)
If you’re age 60 or older, you may qualify for assistance from the Arizona Senior Citizens Law Project! In order to get help, call the Senior Helpline at (602) 264-HELP and ask about legal assistance.
ASU’s Crime Victim Legal Assistance Project (Crime Victims Only)
If you have been the victim of a crime, then you may be elgibiel fro free legal assistance from the ASU Crime Victim’s Legal Assistance Project. They can assist with everything from consultations to court representation. However, they do not help anyone who has been charged with a crime – it’s victims only. Call (602) 258-1812 during business hours for an intake interview appointment.
Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (Immigrants Only)
According to their website, “the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project is the only organization in Arizona that provides free legal and social services to detained men, women and children under threat of deportation.” They have offices in Phoenix, Tucson and Florence.
Justice for Children (Abused Children Only)
If you are trying to protect a child that may be returned to an abusive parent, then Justice for Children may be able to provide you with free legal advice and assistance. Please fill out this intake form for assistance.
Wills for Heroes (First Responders & Spouses Only)
This is one of my favorite programs that offer legal aid in Arizona! This service provides a free estate plan to first responders and their spouses. This program will host an event at your local headquarters, department or training station on a Saturday. You can request an event here.
Your plan may include a will, advance medical directive (“living will”), and a durable power of attorney for health care. A will is a legal document that dictates what will happen to your assets when you die. It also determines who will care for any minor or disabled children you may leave behind. By contrast, a living will is an advanced medical plan that determines what happens if you have a terminal, incurable medical condition and you cannot communicate your desires. A health care power of attorney appoints another person to make medical decisions for you if you are unable to do so yourself. You will need to make the decisions on all these matters before your appointment.
Appointments for Wills for Heroes last approximately one hour. The spouse and responder cannot meet with the same attorney at the same time, because the attorneys want to ensure that your paperwork reflects your wishes and not ideals that may be imposed upon you by your spouse.
Don’t qualify for legal aid in Arizona? Try this!
You can get free legal advice from the Let Joe Know, Ask a Lawyer Phone Bank. This phone bank is staffed by professional lawyers who are specifically trained in certain aspects of law. The type of law varies by date. You can see a schedule of upcoming dates and topics on this website.
If you do not qualify for free legal aid in Arizona but still can’t afford an attorney, then you may be able to get low-cost legal assistance from the Modest Means Project. You’ll pay just $75 for a one-hour meeting during which you can offer advice or unbundled services. The attorney may choose to offer full representation in the matter but will be required to charge no more than $75 per hour for their services. In order to find a participating attorney, please call the 24-hour automated pre-application line at (866) 637-5341.
Still can’t find the legal help you need? You can always opt to represent yourself. If you’re considering that, then check out the self-help resources available from AZ Court Help.