What Is AlabamaLegalHelp?
AlabamaLegalHelp provides information about legal and consumer issues as well as legal aid organizations in Alabama. Free legal help is available to people in Alabama with low and moderate income who qualify through organizations listed on this website.
- Zip code, city and county
- Type of help
- Income guidelines
- Can I get help if my income is larger than these guidelines?
- Other Requirements
Enter the zip code, city or county of the person who needs help. It is better to enter the zip code because many groups do not serve all of a certain county. Also, an organization in another county may be closer. If you search by county, check the full description of each organization for the specific zip codes it serves.
There are several different ways in which an organization may be able to provide help:
- Full Representation by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency
- Brief Advice in person or over the telephone
- Pro Se Legal Clinic where you are shown how to "help yourself" with a particular legal problem
- Self-Help Materials such as educational factsheets and brochures
- Other workshops and other services
Some organizations have income guidelines that you must meet to receive assistance. If you have an income higher than the income guidelines, you may not qualify for assistance. Income guidelines usually appear as a percentage of the federal poverty guidelines or as an income amount (example: $18,000/year). A personal asset may also affect whether you qualify for assistance. AlabamaLegalHelp.org does not guarantee that you will be able to receive assistance from an organization even if you meet its income guidelines.
Visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services's website to view the income guidelines most often used by legal services organizations, 125% to 200% of the federal poverty level. "Family size" is the total number of people in the household.
- Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors, people who are HIV positive, or people experiencing domestic violence.
- Some organizations also take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts.
Some organizations only serve special groups such as:
People who are HIV positive or related to those with HIV.
People experiencing domestic violence.
Be sure to look at these other requirements carefully before contacting an organization.
The email links on our feedback and contact us pages are for questions or comments related to the website organization but not to evaluate eligibility or provide legal assistance or advice. Emailing does not mean that you have been approved for representation, obtained legal representation nor does it count as attorney/client privilege. This email is not monitored by a legal representative and legal advice is not available without being approved for service.
Case sare accepted based on several factors, including but not limited to client need, safety, and staff availability. The only way to know for sure if we can accept a civil case is to apply. If you call our intake office, you will have the opportunity to speak with someone experienced in evaluating your specific circumstances to determine if we will be able to accept your case to represent you or provide legal advice. If we do not accept your case, the staff in the call center will give you suggestions on where you may be able to find assistance.
We are NOT able to respond to requests for legal assistance made by email or webform. You MUST contact us as outlined below so we can determine if we can help you. If you still send in an email with a question about your legal problem or requesting legal advice, a response containing the inforamtion on this page will be sent to you. This could potentially waste precious time, especially if your legal problem had a short deadline.
The easiest and best way for you to apply for services is:
- Apply online for free legal aid at THIS LINK. Our application is hosted by LegalServer. This application is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- OR, please call our Central Intake Call Center Toll-Free at 1-866-456-4995. Their hours are 8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday.
If you don't qualify, you can contact the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service. You can call Toll-Free 1-800-392-5660.