Residents of Jefferson County have a few different places to turn to for free legal advice. Most of them are part of the statewide, non-profit organization known as Legal Services Alabama. However there is another pro-bono firm, and that is Legal Aid Society of Birmingham. Examples of services offered by one or the other firms are below.
Lawyers will only handle civil cases. While there may be fees due from clients in some cases, they will strive to provide free support and representation to low income and struggling individuals in Birmingham and Jefferson County. The legal aid is also even provided across Alabama in an effort to help those who cannot afford a lawyer on their own. There are also programs for children, seniors, and others that are less fortunate.
Many Birmingham residents apply for Public Benefits or some form of cash assistance from the government. They may either be denied, or the application is held up. When this occurs, Legal Aid Society or partners will ensure you are treated fairly and they work on your behalf to overcome any barriers.
They will help people apply for SNAP food stamps or TANF cash assistance. Or if your benefits were reduced, they can help represent the client in that dispute. Many individuals have difficulty in applying for social security, and they can get assistance with SSI applications and advice in any arbitration needed. Lawyers from the non-profit will ensure clients understand their legal rights and the benefits they are entitled too.
Birmingham residents can get free aid for more financial development type concerns. So if a senior needs a will or to protect their assets, then estate planning services are available. Or ensure you are accumulating assets and only paying what you should in monthly taxes.
General Consumer and Debt Issues from Legal Services of Birmingham help with various needs. Most of it is around debt, housing, evictions, or lenders. For example, if your landlord is trying to evict you, or a creditor keeps calling and harasses you, free legal assistance can help with those.
Specialists from the firms can answer questions on home financing and refinancing or payday lending abuse. Or if a debt collector is after you, get representation from unlawful collection practices.
A focused Housing Division in Birmingham has staff that work to prevent homelessness in Jefferson County. This will include contesting an eviction or offering landlord and tenant mediation sessions. Other housing matters may be discrimination or free legal aid to stop foreclosures. Having stable housing will help reduce poverty in the county and city.
The firms that offer residents of Birmingham with free legal aid assists seniors. They may receive support in dealing with long-term care as well as estate planning. Too many people in Alabama are faced with age or housing discrimination. If this is you, then seek legal help.
Free legal help for taxes is available from clinics in Birmingham. The Society or other non-profit firms have attorneys on staff to assist low-income taxpayers who need help with either state of Alabama or federal government tax problems and controversies.
The advice provided can be technical as well. Some if it is offered in partnership with counselors and other IRS trained staff. For example, learn how to respond to IRS Notices, address Earned-Income Credit Problems, or deal with Tax Debts and Installment Agreements. There is also free legal aid for liens or in some cases audit support. The clinics are all encompassing.
Civil family and child matters are handled. This will include survivors of domestic and family violence, and they can get legal protection from abuse, help in locating and getting approved for safe housing, and other child custody issues are qualified.
A special focus is on women or children impacted by domestic violence. They offer services across Jefferson County, and of course in the city of Birmingham too. Lawyers and paralegals from the firms stabilize the family, and ensure they are safe. They will distribute information about ways to become self-sufficient and advocate on behalf of victims.
The two organizations to try are Birmingham (Toll-free: 1-866-456-4995) or try the Legal Aid Society. Their office is at 20 North Second Court, Birmingham, AL 35204-4765, dial (205) 325-5474.
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