The Washington State Bar Association created a full list of legal help, resources and information available during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are sharing the full version of their recent post, COVID-19 Legal Resources and Information for the Public so that our Coluccio Law clients and friends can access and share this valuable resource.
Washington State Legal Help
Free Civil Legal Help
Beyond King County
- Call CLEAR toll-free at 888-201-1014 or apply online for certain types of cases. The line is open weekdays 9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
- Visit Northwest Justice Project for any changes to the CLEAR hours of operations due to COVID-19.
- Communities Rise provides pro bono legal representation for nonprofits and small business owners on legal transactional matters through direct representation, legal clinics, and webinars.
In King County
- Call 2-1-1. The 211 Legal Referral and Information Hotline provides information for people facing civil (non-criminal) legal matters. The 211 line is open 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides civil legal aid to low-income residents of King County, including phone consultations with volunteer attorneys and staff attorneys who work with victims of domestic violence.
- King County Law Library: The Seattle location has closed its physical location. Library patrons can still access services remotely, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Contact them at email@example.com or 206-477-1305 or at www.kcll.org. The library hosts a legal clinic which you can access via telephone:
- Debt Collection Defense Clinic on Tuesday from 1–3 p.m. at 206-707-0934.
- The Downtown Neighborhood Legal Clinic will accept calls on Thursdays noon–2 p.m. Call 206-267-7070 to request an appointment.
- The New Lawyers Division Walk-In Clinic is cancelled until further notice.
- Tenant Law Center: Free legal assistance to qualifying low-income tenants in King County who are facing eviction or subsidy termination, ranging from self-help information to representation in court. For assistance, call the Tenant Law Center at: (206) 324-6890.
- If you are seeking legal aid for the first time, please call CLEAR if you are outside King County or 2-1-1 if you are in King County.
- If you are already working with an organization and need to know whether their services are changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, you should look at the organization’s website or contact them directly. For a directory of civil legal organizations, visit the Alliance for Equal Justice.
Reduced-Fee Civil Legal Help
- The Moderate Means Program provides free referrals to attorneys and limited license technicians who charge reduced fees for family law, consumer law and housing law cases.
- Fill out an online application.
- The online application is the fastest way to qualify. If you cannot use the online application, please leave a message at 855-741-6930.
- Northwest Consumer Law Center offers video conferencing, webinars, legal clinics, and reduced-rate legal representation to those financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
- The UW Federal Tax Clinic helps low-income taxpayers who have disputes with IRS. All services provided remotely.
- Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) represents unaccompanied immigrant children in their immigration removal proceedings, including applications for immigration relief/benefits. Phone and video conferencing available.
- QLaw’s LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic offers a free consultation with a volunteer attorney.
Criminal Defense Legal Help
Washington Defenders Association’s Clearinghouse for public defenders and other advocates working on COVID-19 Related Advocacy.
Legal Information and Resources
- Washington Law Help has information about employment, healthcare insurance, public health information, and court closures.
- Up-to-date information on COVID-19 related benefits and assistance available in Washington. (*Opens in Google Docs).
- LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic and COVID-19 resources for the LGBTQ+ Community.
- Debt-related resources and webinars on topics such as landlord/tenant law & COVID-19, student loans & COVID-19, and managing debt amid COVID-19.
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