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Legal Advice Clinics


PLEASE NOTE that as of March 25, 2020, in-person clinics are closed in order to follow social distancing guidelines and are currently being held by phone. See the contact information on our home page to send an intake form and schedule an appointment. Some of the information below relating to in-person clinics may not apply at this time.

Tacomaprobono provides free legal advice clinics which can provide a private appointment with a volunteer attorney when you need advice on civil (non-criminal) legal issues. Appointments are approximately 1/2 hour in length. Examples of civil issues are family law, consumer problems, bankruptcy, housing, contracts, estate planning, etc. When you contact us for an appointment, you will be screened for conflicts and eligibility for low-income legal services. If eligible, our intake specialist will then complete intake information for you.

If you are not sure whether you qualify for low-income services or have other questions about eligibility, please feel free to call (253) 572-5134 or walk in during office hours to ask us about your individual case. Even if you do not qualify for one of our programs, it is likely that we will be able to connect you with other resources which can help you.

When you come to your clinic appointment, you should be prepared to bring with you all documents or other information related to your case so the volunteer attorney can give you the best possible informed advice. If at all possible, DO NOT bring children with you to any clinic.

Please note that clinics are not held on legal holidays. In most cases, because clinic schedules fill up quickly, the appointment you schedule will likely be approximately two weeks from the time you call. If you need help before your appointment, call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014, contact us at (253) 572-5134 or come to our office during walk-in intake hours, Monday-Thursday 9-4 (closed for lunch 12-1:15).


Interpreter Services Available! -- If you are low-income, have a civil legal issue, and need an interpreter for a clinic appointment or an attorney referral, please let us know when you call. We can make an appointment for you using our phone interpreter service and will provide a free interpreter for your appointment. Services available include most languages and ASL interpreters. Call us at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.




TACOMAPROBONO'S FREE LEGAL CLINICS CAN PROVIDE HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING LEGAL ISSUES:

Family Law

Landlord-Tenant and other housing issues, including foreclosure

Domestic violence protection orders

Adult Guardianship

Bankruptcy

Vacation of criminal records, juvenile record sealing, legal financial obligations

Wills and estates

General Law - other civil legal issues (NO criminal defense)

In addition, some Tacomaprobono sponsored clinics operate in partnership with other community organizations:

Federal Civil Rights Clinic -- The 1st Thursday of every month at the United States Courthouse, 1717 Pacific Avenue, Rm. 3230, Tacoma 98402, for federal civil issues such as discrimination, prisoner rights, free speech, voting rights, etc. The Federal Civil Rights Clinic is held between noon-2 p.m. Call Tacomaprobono for a 30 minute appointment with a volunteer attorney, and be prepared to bring with you photo identification for entry into the courthouse.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation Wills Project -- Third Thursday of each month, at the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by Tacomaprobono and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Call PCAF at (253) 383-2565 to make an appointment. This clinic is focused on wills, powers of attorney and other estate issues. If you are a PCAF client and need help with other civil legal issues, call Tacomaprobono directly at (253) 572-5134 for help.

Native American Legal Aid Program -- This program assists Puyallup Tribal Members, American Indians, Alaska Natives and First Nations People in Pierce County, free of charge, with a wide variety of legal issues. To make an appointment please call the Native American Legal Aid Program Message Line at (253) 244-7718 or e-mail sheila@tacomaprobono.org. NALAP is a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation, funded by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

THANK YOU to Gordon Thomas Honeywell, the Department of Assigned Counsel, the Pierce County Office of the Prosecuting Attorney and the Tacoma Office of the Attorney General for staffing general, landlord-tenant and family law clinics!



Thank You to all our clinic volunteers and community partners!



Last updated April 20, 2020