Feb
19
2011

Free Legal Advice in Philadelphia

How do you get free legal advice in Philadelphia? If you have a low- or moderate-income level and your legal issue is of a “civil” nature—as opposed to a “criminal” nature—the answer may be to seek out a legal services program. A legal services program is an organization that provides legal assistance to people who meet certain eligibility requirements.

These organizations have experienced lawyers and paralegals who either work directly for the organization or practice law elsewhere and provide legal counsel pro bono. (This is a Latin expression which means for the public good, which is another way of saying “free”). These legal professionals are qualified to handle types of legal issues and the organizations’ mission statements are generally the same—provide quality legal representation

If one wishes to take advantage of a free legal services program, as mentioned above, you will need to meet certain eligibility requirements and will be asked to provide: personal information, such as family size; financial information such as income and assets; and of course the type of legal issue will need to be disclosed.

Some common civil law issues that legal services programs assist with are:

  • Real Estate- Such cases usually include foreclosure, property dispute, zoning problems, issues involving land use, or property sale or purchase.
  • Wills and Estates- If someone is having difficulty in planning a will, determining the future of an estate and an estate’s manager/executor, or deciding guardianship, an attorney services referral can provide legal direction.
  • Consumer Protection- This includes issues related to defective products, merchandiser disputes, and problems with credit or financing companies.
  • Domestic Relations- Any troubles at home with alimony, divorce, adoption, custody, guardianship, abuse or violence, paternity, name-changing, child support, annulment, or separation all come under the heading “domestic relations.”
  • Traffic Violations- These cases often involve operating machinery or a transportation vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, parking fines, reckless driving, jail time, or revoking or suspension of a license.

People do not plan accidents and life-changing events, but handling these situations when they have access to quality legal resources can be monumentally beneficial. Looking online for legal services program is one way to find an organization they may be able to assist you.

Some Philadelphia legal services programs that provide free legal assistance are:

    CAMDEN CENTER FOR LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, INC.

  • www.cclsj.org
  • Immigration Service Office
  • 1845 Haddon Avenue
  • Camden, NJ 08103
  • (856) 583-2950

    Community Legal Services of Philadelphia

  • www.clsphila.org
  • Center City Office
  • 1424 Chestnut Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • (215) 981-3700

 

  • Law Center North Central
  • 1424 Chestnut Street
  • Philadelphia, PA 19140
  • (215) 227-2400

 

  • Bucks County
  • 1290 Veterans Highway, Box 809
  • Bristol, PA 19007
  • (215) 781-1111

 

  • 100 Union Street
  • Doylestown, PA 18901
  • (215) 340-1818

 

  • Chester County
  • 222 N. Walnut Street, Second Floor
  • West Chester, PA 19380
  • (610) 436-4510
  • (OUTREACH ONLY)

 

  • 1003 E. Lincoln Highway
  • Coatesville, PA 19320
  • (610) 380-7111

 

  • Delaware County
  • 410 Welsh Street
  • Chester, PA 19013
  • (610) 874-8421

 

  • Montgomery County
  • 625 Swede Street
  • Norristown, PA 19401
  • (610) 275-5400

 

  • 248 King Street
  • Pottstown, PA 19464
  • (610) 326-8280

 

  • Landsdale Outreach Office
  • Intake Hours: Wednesdays 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Located at the Office of Aging and Older Adults
  • 421 W. Main Street
  • Lansdale, PA 19446

 

  • Willow Grove Outreach Office
  • Intake Hours: Thursdays 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Located at the Office of Aging and Older Adults
  • Montgomery County Courthouse Annex
  • 102 Old York Road – Suite 303
  • Willow Grove, PA 19090

    Philadelphia Legal Assistance

  • www.philalegal.org
  • 42 South 15th Street Suite 500
  • Philadelphia PA 19102
  • (215) 981-3800

About the Author: Jim Zamichieli