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 specific populations of low-income people, including people with HIV/AIDS, homeless people, immigrants, refugees, and people with limited English regardless of immigration status.
King County residents with civil legal issues in King County.
WHAT WE DO
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.
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VLS also holds the Make Change! Debt Education Workshop, which takes place monthly. Make Change! a free two-hour class will help you to address the following topics:
1. Assessing your debt situation
Options for resolution
2. Dealing with debt collectors
Can they take my income?
3. How to respond to a collection lawsuit
Garnishments – the proper process
When do I need an attorney? Clinics? Direct Representation?
4. Should I file bankruptcy?
Preparing to see an attorney for bankruptcy
To register for a Make Change! workshop, please call (206) 267-7095.
WHAT WE DO NOT DO
WHERE, WHEN, and HOW TO REACH SERVICES
Debt, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Social Security Overpayments, and Estate planning:
For help with the above legal issues, and to be screened for eligibility, call (206) 461-3200 or simply dial 211 from within the Washington State.
Vacating Criminal Records:
For help with vacating your criminal records you must first get the documents listed below, and make an appointment with the Neighborhood Legal Clinics. The attorney at the clinic will determine if you are legally eligible to have your criminal record vacated. If the clinic attorney determines that you are legally eligible to vacate your criminal record and 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 for help with vacating records:
HOW TO PREPARE
Before calling 2-1-1 for a referral please gather the following information:
Gather all related paperwork
Decide on the desired outcome or goal
Identify all deadlines
Tell the intake screener about these deadlines
Be prepared to tell the history of your legal issue to the intake screener over the phone