Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Legal Services (VLS) provides direct representation to clients with select civil legal issues through volunteer attorneys. VLS maintains a panel of attorneys who work with low-income people, including specific populations such as people with HIV/AIDS, homeless people, immigrants (regardless of immigration status), and people with limited English.


Who We Serve

  • Low-income
  • King County residents with civil legal issues in King County.

What We Do

Direct Representation

Volunteer Legal Services provides direct representation by volunteer attorneys to low-income clients with select civil legal issues. VLS screens cases for financial eligibility and legal merit. If found eligible, the program attempts to find a volunteer attorney to handle the case for free.

Case Types:
  • Debt
  • Bankruptcy – Chapter 7 only
  • Vacating Criminal Records
  • Social Security Overpayments
  • Estate Planning

How To Reach Services

Debt, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Social Security Overpayments, Vacating Criminal Records and Estate planning:

For help with the above legal issues, gather the documents listed below, and make an appointment with the Neighborhood Legal Clinicscallcall 206- 267-7070 Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00am- 12:00 pm. The attorney at the clinic will give you immediate advice and determine if you are eligible for direct representation through Volunteer Legal Services. If the clinic attorney determines that you are eligible for pro bono services they will refer you to the Volunteer Legal Services program.

Documents to bring to your Neighborhood Legal Clinics appointment:

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy:
Debt Defense (If Applicable):
  • Signed contract/warranty; written policy/disclaimer of product/company
  • Court papers
  • Correspondence with creditors/collections agents
  • Copy of summons & complaint w/ hearing date & court schedule
  • Judgment
Vacating Criminal Records:
  • Bring acopy of yourWATCH Report
  • If you have a felony- bring a copy of the Certificate of Discharge
  • If you have a misdemeanor - bring a copy of the case docket. To get a copy of the case docket go to the court clerk in the court where you were convicted and ask for a regular copy.

How To Prepare

Before calling for a referral to the Neighborhood Legal Clinics:

  • Gather all paperwork related to your case
  • Decide on the desired outcome or goal
  • Identify all deadlines
  • Tell the intake screener about these deadlines?

Neighborhood Legal Clinics Brochure Legal Resources and Assistance Brochure Clinic Resource Box Materials Volunteer Opportunities

HOW TO PREPARE

  1. Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
  3. Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  4. Bring to the clinic appointment:
    • Agreements or contracts (signed or proposed)
    • Written rules or policies
    • Court orders
    • Court papers served on you or that you filed with the court
    • All letters or emails to and from person or business with whom you have the disagreement
    • Specific paperwork related to the case. For example, employee handbook, parenting plan, child support order, protection order, lease, rental agreement
  5. Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  6. Identify all deadlines.
  7. Tell the legal clinic volunteer about these deadlines.
  8. Remember you only have 30 minutes. Be prepared to tell the history of the legal issue to the legal clinic volunteer.
  9. If your legal issue is vacating your criminal record please bring your Washington Access to Criminal History report.

Neighborhood Legal Clinics are drug, alcohol, weapon, violence, aggressive behavior, and threat free.