Free and Reduced-Cost Legal Services and Other Assistance
The following organizations provide free or reduced-cost legal assistance or may be able to assist you in finding answers to questions about your legal matter.
General Legal Assistance
- Northwest Justice Project. Provides free civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income residents of King County. Interpreters are provided to those who do not speak English or who are hearing impaired. Help is available in the following areas: family law (for domestic violence survivors), housing law, consumer law, education, public benefits, and in some limited circumstances, immigration. Please note that case acceptance is dependent on office priorities, staff availability, and the merit of each case. Services, especially representation by an attorney, may not be available even if all case criteria are met.
- Columbia Legal Services. Provides legal assistance to low-income and special needs people and organizations in Washington.
- King County Bar Association - Lawyer Referral Service. Thirty-minute consultation and referral to an attorney for legal representation and referrals to attorneys providing self help legal services.
- King County Bar Association - Neighborhood Legal Clinics. Free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney. Legal advice only (no legal representation).
- Legal Voice. Legal information, referrals, and self help legal materials.
- Housing Justice Project. HJP is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services to low-income residential tenants facing eviction in King County. HJP provides free legal assistance, including legal advice for tenants facing eviction, help answering eviction paperwork, negotiations with landlords, and representation of tenants at eviction (show cause) hearings.
Family Law / Domestic Violence Assistance
- Domestic Violence Assistance. Access a list of agencies that can help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence.
- King County Family Law Facilitators. The Family Law Facilitator Program at King County Superior Court provides information and referrals to family law litigants who are not represented by attorneys. Litigants may meet with a facilitator on a walk-in basis (walk-ins are first come, first served, and sign-in will end 30 minutes prior to closing or once capacity is reached) or by pre-scheduled appointment (for document review or if an interpreter is required). The program operates in the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
- Washington DSHS - Division of Child Support. Information on administrative child support orders and court orders of child support.
- Family Law Support Division - King County Prosecuting Attorney. Assistance with paternity actions for people who do not have an affidavit/acknowledgement of paternity, and reviewing child support orders for those who have received, or are receiving, public assistance.
- Eastside Legal Assistance Program. East and north King County residents only. Free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney for legal advice.
- Volunteer Attorney Appointments – 206-205-2526. 30-minute consultation with a family law attorney. Appointments on Friday mornings only.
- Other General Family Law Resources.
- Washington LawHelp Website. Hundreds of free legal education materials available for viewing and downloading.
- King County Bar Association - Self-Help Program. Workshops on divorce, child support modification and parenting plan modification for a sliding scale fee, depending on income. Class includes preparation of pleadings, class instruction, and consultation with an attorney manager. King County residents only.