Online Intake

TERMS OF USE AND GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT ONLINE INTAKE

By using this application you are asking the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia for free help with a legal matter in the District of Columbia. We cannot help with legal matters that are in Maryland, Virginia, or another state outside of the District of Columbia.

Our staff will use the information you give us to see if you are eligible for Legal Aid’s services. Even if you are eligible, however, we cannot accept every case.

We will review the information you give us and will try to get back to you within two weeks but cannot promise to make a decision by any date. In the meantime, here are some things you should know:

UPCOMING COURT DATE OR DEADLINE

If you have a court date or another deadline coming up within the next two weeks, we will try to review your application more quickly, but we cannot guarantee that we will get back to you before your upcoming court date/deadline. You also are welcome to contact Legal Aid by phone at (202) 628-1161, or you may come to .

LEGAL AID IS NOT YOUR LAWYER

Even if you answer all of the questions on this form, please understand that Legal Aid is not your lawyer at this time. You are responsible for all the actions you need to take in your case. Legal Aid does not represent you unless and until we give you a written agreement that says that Legal Aid will be your lawyer and will represent you in a specific matter.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Even though Legal Aid is not your lawyer, we will not disclose any confidential information you share with us without your permission, and we will follow the ethics rules for lawyers in D.C.

INCOME GUIDELINES FOR SERVICES

We generally serve individuals whose household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. For some types of cases, we may serve individuals whose household income is between 200% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

LEGAL AID CANNOT HELP EVERYONE

Legal Aid must avoid conflicts of interest, which could arise if we represent the opposing party or have represented the opposing party in a similar matter. If there is a conflict of interest, we won’t be able to accept your case.

There are also many other reasons why Legal Aid may not be able to take your case, including that Legal Aid simply does not have enough staff to represent all applicants who need help. If we do not take your case, we will send you a notice to let you know. We will not state the reason or whether there is a conflict of interest.