Arizona residents have access to several free legal services and assistance programs. Non-profit law firms both employ and have volunteer lawyers who will work closely with qualified individuals to provide them with representation, counsel and legal aid. While there are a large number of services offered, some of them include general advice and free counseling, workshops, foreclosure assistance, and representation in local Arizona courts.
There are a large number of requests for advice on housing issues, such as mortgage delinquencies or pending evictions. The advice provided by these firms can help people who are dealing with a foreclosure, facing an eviction, addressing a domestic issue, and much more. The law firm will decide on the exact type of services to be offered to eligible individuals based upon the applicants need and resources available. Find more information and details on the programs below, as well as the contact information.
Lawyers will work directly with homeowners and renters to provide them with free legal assistance. Cases that they can help people with include the potential loss of home due to foreclosure, eviction from apartments, access to subsidized or private housing, or they support people living in substandard or unsafe housing conditions. Other housing issues addressed by a lawyer include resolving landlord/tenant problems, utility service shutoffs and lockouts. Also learn about the Lawyers helping homeowners program.
Get free legal help for civil cases and consumer debt types issues, including predatory home mortgage loans as well as other deceptive and predatory lending practices (such as payday loans and lenders). Those two issues have impacted many families in Arizona.
The firms also provide free legal help for illegal debt collection, advice on bankruptcies, automobile repossessions, fraud, garnishments and deficiencies. Unfortunately many of these consumer debt type issues have contributed to the high number of foreclosures in the state, so the issues are related. The legal solutions offered will be similar.
Many federal and Arizona state government programs are complicated, and they may unfairly deny people access to the benefits that they are due. In these cases, individuals can turn to lawyers for support on the application process and to help them through the process. Get advice and support for applying to many programs including TANF Cash Assistance, Unemployment, Food Stamps, AHCCCS Medical Assistance, Health Care, and Social Security disability benefits. In addition, services may be offered to help clients deal with public benefits issues including denials of benefits or assistance, overpayment and reductions of benefits that are due to them.
While lawyers can’t help someone that doesn’t meet income qualifications for these government resources, the firms can ensure applicants are treated fairly. This includes ensuring timely review of an application and communication on the results of it. If your request for either Arizona or federal government benefits is unfairly denied, then get assistance with the appeal process.
Receive legal aid in dealing with civic and domestic type cases involving divorce, domestic violence, child abuse or child snatching. The domestic support component also provides assistance for cases involving elderly clients who face an eviction, the loss of their housing, or a reduction in income. In addition, limited free legal services are available for other cases involving paternity, legal custody, and adoption.
Arizona individuals and families will receive legal services to help with certain undocumented persons who are victims of domestic violence or other crimes. Services offered by the non-profit law firms include representation before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR Immigration Court).
Southern Arizona Legal Aid provides free assistance and representation to qualified individuals who live in the southern part of the state, including Pima County, Cochise, Santa Cruz Counties, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pinal, Gila, and Apache Counties. People in need of support can dial the non-profit law firm at 1-800-640-9465.
Community Legal Services is an organization that was created by attorneys and several law firms throughout Arizona. The focus is on the city of Phoenix. They can direct people in need to legal programs and other resources that can provide them with help. Contact the organization at 1(800) 852-9075.
In addition to above, volunteers also offer guidance to Maricopa County residents. There is advice for seniors, immigrants, and low income individuals on a number of issues. Clients often request assistance for housing, foreclosure, and consumer debts, all of which may be handled. More on free legal aid in Maricopa County.
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