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In many cases, including criminal cases, you have the right to an attorney, even if you cannot afford one. Learn more about the right to effective counsel in Washington, or for more information about how to find an attorney, visit Get an attorney or one of the additional resources below.

Free or Low Cost Legal Help:

The Northwest Justice Project operates a statewide intake, advice and referral service for low-income people seeking legal assistance with civil legal problems. Contact CLEAR if you’re in King County at (206) 461-3200 or 1-(888) 201-1014 if you’re outside King County to find out if you qualify for assistance.

Many of Washington’s County Bar Associations provide referral services to attorneys willing to provide legal help for free. In most cases, lawyers provide representation on civil matters. For referral information in King County, contact the King County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral line at (206) 267-7010.

Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project - The Washington State Bar Association, in partnership with the Northwest Justice Project provides free legal assistance to low and moderate income homeowners. To learn more about the project contact 1-(877) 894-4663.

Need reduced fee legal services? The Washington State Bar Association’s Moderate Means Program connects clients who can’t afford full legal fees with attorneys willing to represent them for lower rates. To find out what areas of law can be provided and eligibility, visit the program’s website or call 1-(855) 741-6930.

For additional self-help information about your legal rights, including forms and legal packets, visit For information about interpreter services in King County legal proceedings, visit the County’s Interpreter Services webpage.