Attorneys across Davidson County and the city of Nashville want people of all income levels to have fair and equal representation to free or very affordable legal advice. So a number of services are available that will provide residents with assistance and representation on their challenges, and there are a number of practice areas covered by the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee. There can be help in maintaining economic stability, applying for public aid such as SSI disability or food stamps, resolving child custody disputes and many others.
Both volunteer attorneys and pro-bono law firms are committed to helping the less fortunate and homeless. They are also focused on the elimination of poverty based inequities in the local court system. Income qualified clients can get help with their legal needs, often at no cost to them, but the non-profit can also help make a difference in the entire low income community across Davidson and Williamson County by advocating and offering support.
Family law is focused on the safety and well-being of the client and their entire household. The Legal Aid Society provides assistance to those impacted by domestic violence or exploitation, and they also focus on the most vulnerable in the community, including senior citizens as well as infants and children. A number of services are available, as noted below.
The Society of Middle Tennessee works to improve economic stability of the low income and people faced with poverty. Having an income, or access to government benefits, is important when it comes to achieving self-sufficiency of clients in the community. This will also help break the cycle of poverty, both locally and across the nation.
Staff from the firm or other volunteer attorneys strive to protect the emotional, physical and economic health of families and individuals. So the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee places priority on cases and other matters in which income is at risk.
Public benefits - Get help in navigating the state of Tennessee and federal system and applying for aid.
Applying for SSI disability can be a long and tedious process, so lawyers can answer questions and advocate for the disabled.
Many employees have disputes with their employers. They often need advice when it comes to matters around Unpaid Wage Claims, workers compensation, or Unemployment Insurance. Having a legal professional assist in these disputes can be valuable, as many corporations have their own staff in place to protect their interests.
Receive legal aid for consumer protection and housing issues. This ranges from dealing with predatory lending or helping a tenant in Nashville area contest an eviction notice. Often times these two challenges can cause an individual to face homelessness, and Legal Aid Society works to prevent this. They may try to enter the client into payment plans, or dispute claims over unpaid rent or debts. A full spectrum of services is available.
This service is often known as preserving the home, and this includes assisting families to maintain affordable, safe and healthy living conditions, whether that is a home or an apartment. Free legal aid can focus on preventing homelessness, and lawyers also help address housing discrimination issues. They work with renters on mediating Landlord/Tenant problems, helping with Utility Shut-Offs, provide assistance with Fair Housing (Discrimination), and lockouts.
The society Foreclosure Law service provides homeowners with non-litigation assistance. This includes information, help with entering into payment plans and the like. The resource is for Davidson County homeowners at risk of foreclosure.
Staff, often in partnership with credit counselors, assist clients by evaluating mortgage loans for compliance with federal and state of Tennessee lending statutes. They will also counsel homeowners about foreclosure legal procedures as well as their rights and possible remedies.
The main address of the Society is 300 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN 37201. The resources are available in both Davidson and nearby Williamson County.
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