At Justice & Equality Legal Services, we believe strongly in the idea that individuals and families should be as empowered as possible to deal with the legal issues they face. Sometimes there are even free legal services available. Below are some (mostly legal) of the resources available.
- Washington Law Help – Packets and overviews are available on this site. Here’s how they describe themselves: “Washington LawHelp is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court.”
- Washington State Courts – If you are going to try representing yourself, this website is crucial. Make sure to read the rules, state and local. Washington State court forms are also available on this website.
- ACLU of Washington – The folks at the ACLU are great and can help with some issues. Their primary focus is impact litigation (taking on cases where the impact will be bigger than the individuals involved). But they also have great publications and resources.
- Legal Voice – The folks at Legal Voice are great. They do a combination of policy, impact litigation, and providing of resources. Here’s how they describe themselves: Legal Voice secures and protects women’s legal rights. Our drive for justice improves the lives of mothers, daughters, aunts, sisters, nieces & grandmothers in our region. A vital, active force in the community, we make substantive, lasting changes through legislation, self-help resources and litigation with a far-reaching public impact.
- Northwest Justice Project (NJP) – NJP describes itself as follows: “NJP is Washington’s publicly funded statewide legal aid program for low income persons and groups in Washington. Through its seventeen offices and CLEAR, Washington’s centralized intake, advice and referral hotline, NJP provides free legal information, advice, limited assistance, representation, community education, outreach and other community based advocacy.”
- QLaw Foundation – The Qlaw Foundation does panels and a GLBT Legal Clinic in connection with the King County Bar Association. The GLBT Legal Clinic is one of many specialty clinics of the King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic Program where people can have a half an hour to an hour with an attorney to ask legal questions and get guidance on their legal issues.
- U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights – This agency is responsible for enforcing Title IX. Complaints can be filed through the OCR. They also have resources available for schools and limited resources for students.
- Team Child – Team Child is a great organization and is one of the many resources available in Washington to help support low-income youth. Here’s how they describe themselves: “TeamChild staff attorneys provide legal representation and advice to help youth assert their right to services that meet their basic needs. Our attorneys work directly with youth to identify their goals and create a plan to achieve those goals. For example, we help children get back into school, find safe and stable housing, get healthcare and mental health services, and access other public support. Legal representation from TeamChild is effective in reducing juvenile court involvement and improving access to education, healthcare, and housing.”
- Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)- The WSBA has a variety of programs. In addition, if you are looking for an attorney in your area, you can search for an attorney in the Lawyer Directory and filter by Practice Area and City.
- Washington State Bar Association – Dissolution What You Should Know Pamphlet. Briefly discusses dissolution, residency requirements, legal procedure, waiting periond, name change, parenting plan, child support, spousal support, division of property, dividion of bills and debts, court orders, tax consequences, service of an attorney, and costs and payments.
- Family Law Handbook: Understanding legal implications of Marriage and Divorce in Washington State– Prepared by the Washington Courts