There are a few different non-profit organizations and law firms that Arkansas residents can turn to for free legal aid and advice. While they do help with a wide variety of issues, all cases need to be civil. The organizations will not help those dealing with a criminal legal case.
Arkansas Legal Partnership is one of the firms. They can offer guidance to low income and indigent families. It is made up of two different non-profit law firms that may be able to provide free legal representation and advice to qualified individuals. The range of services is extensive, however they can help clients address legal issues involving housing such as foreclosures, evictions, unsafe apartments, or landlord/tenant issues. They also work on civil matters include family law, consumer law, illegal job terminations and firings, and many other non-criminal matters.
The Center for Arkansas Legal Services (CALS) as well as the Legal Aid of Arkansas (LAA) are two additional non-profits to turn to for advice and help.
The attorneys from the firms deal with the following types of cases below. It is just a sampling. If you need help with some other type of issues not listed, then call them as they may be able to refer you to another local non-profit law firm. Or the attorneys or paralegals from the firms may just decide to go ahead and assist the caller.
Landlord/tenant disputes - They can direct people to eviction prevention programs, deal with unsafe living conditions, and help with issues including eviction and apartment or home repair issues.
Health care - Get information on insurance programs, specifically government care such as Medicaid and Medicare.
Bankruptcy advice and following - If you are considering filing for bankruptcy, or if you have started the process, and attorney can answer questions and guide you through the process.
Predatory lending - Whether it is a subprime mortgage, foreclosure filing, or a payday loan, a lawyer from one of these Arkansas law firms can provide counseling, advice, and access to assistance programs.
Consumer debt and fraud - Get help and access to debt relief, resources to deal with car repossession, contract disputes, credit card lawsuits, and home repair scams.
Family law and domestic issues. Free legal aid for issues such as divorce, child support, domestic violence and stalking, including protection orders from family members, spouses, and such.
Employment problems and matters - If you suspect you were illegally fired or let go, lawyers can guide you and advise you on your rights.
Government assistance programs - Information and support in applying for government programs such as welfare, food assistance, Medicare, public benefits, Medicaid, and others. Families in Arkansas that are dealing with what they feel is an unfairly declined application can also get support.
The phone number for this group is 1-800-9 LAW AID
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