Submit an online intake application through our website
How to apply for help at Legal Aid
For Free Legal HelpYou can apply for help with a legal matter in any of Legal Aid's practice areas at any time by using our online form. Or you can apply for help by phone for matters involving:
- Family law and domestic violence
- Rental housing
- Public benefits
Most consumer law issues (foreclosure, real property tax, structured settlement annuity transfers, and bankruptcy matters).(For debt collection matters, please call the Debt Collection Defense hotline at 202-851-3387.)
- For debt collection matters, you can call the Debt Collection Defense hotline at 202-851-3387.
- For a rental housing issue, you call the Landlord Tenant Legal Assistance Network at 202-780-2575.
- For a family law matter, you can call:
- The Family Law Assistance Network at 202-844-5428.
- The Child Support Resource Center at 202-791-3996
- For a domestic violence matter, you can call:
- The Domestic Violence Intake Center (NW) at 202-879-0152
- The Domestic Violence Intake Center (SE) at 202-879-1500
Legal Aid’s services are free.
- Legal Aid helps people with low household income.
- If your household income is above Legal Aid’s guidelines, we may be able to give you other helpful resources.
Legal Aid helps with legal problems or cases in the District of Columbia.
- If you do not live in DC, but your legal problem or case is in DC, we may be able to help you.
- If your legal problem or case is in another city or state, go to LawHelp.org to find help in that city or state.
Legal Aid only helps with some types of legal problems.
- Click here to find out more about what types of legal problems we handle.
- For information about other places to look for legal help in the DC, go to Legal Aid’s Referral List or LawHelp.org.
Even if your household income meets Legal Aid’s guidelines and you have a legal problem in DC in a subject area that Legal Aid handles, we still may not be able to help you.
- We may have a conflict of interest which means that the ethical rules for lawyers might prevent us from being able to help you with a particular legal issue or case.
- We also don’t have enough staff and resources to help everyone who comes to us who needs help.
If we are unable to help you, we may be able to give you referral information about other legal organizations that might be able to help you.
What happens when I apply for help online?
Legal Aid reviews your application and tries to get back to you within 2 weeks
- Fill out an intake application online here. You do not need to call the intake line if you are filling out an online application.
- Upload documents related to your legal problem if you have any. If you don’t have documents to upload, you can still submit the online application.
- Legal Aid will review your online application.
- If we might be able to help you, someone will contact you by phone or email to follow up with you.
- If we are not able to help you, we will send you an email to let you know.
What happens when I call Legal Aid’s intake line for help?
Provide basic info about your issue
Schedule an intake interview if Legal Aid may be able to help
Complete an in-depth intake interview
- An intake specialist will gather basic information about you and your legal problem.
- If no one answers when you call, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and a brief description of your legal problem. An intake specialist will call you back if it is a problem we can help you resolve.
- If you have a problem that Legal Aid might be able to help you with, a Legal Aid staff member will call you back to complete a full intake interview at that time or at a later time when you are available.
HousingAre you having a hard time paying your rent, or do you need help getting your landlord to make repairs?Domestic Violence & Family LawAre you experiencing domestic violence, and/or do you need help with a custody, divorce, or child support case?Public BenefitsAre you having trouble with government programs like food stamps, TANF, or DC healthcare?Foreclosure PreventionAre you behind on your mortgage or is there a foreclosure case against you?Unemployment InsuranceDo you need help with Unemployment Insurance?Tax & StimulusDo you have questions about your tax refund or a missing government stimulus check?Debt Collection/BankruptcyIs there a debt collection case against you?ImmigrationAre you an immigrant who needs public benefits advice for you or your family?AppealsDid you lose your case at D.C. Superior Court or at the Office of Administrative Hearings?Criminal RecordsAre you facing difficulty in finding housing and employment due to a criminal record?