How to apply for help at Legal Aid
We are happy to talk with you or review your online application, but we cannot guarantee that Legal Aid will be able to represent you. If you contact us, we will keep your application information confidential and will follow the legal ethics rules for lawyers in DC.
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 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.
What happens when I apply for help online?
Submit and online intake application through our website
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.