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VOLUNTEER LEGAL SERVICES


 




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.

  • 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

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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

          Available resources

 

2. Dealing with debt collectors

          Your rights

          Negotiating

          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?

          The consequences

          The protections

          Preparing to see an attorney for bankruptcy

           

To register for a Make Change! workshop, please call (206) 267-7095. 

 

WHAT WE DO NOT DO

 

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Suing another person or business
  • Immigration

 

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:

  • Bring a copy of your WATCH 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 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

 



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