The Georgia Legal Services Program has a goal of offering free legal advice and representation to lower income and seniors. Assistance with civil matters are offered to families and individuals in Georgia who can’t afford their own attorney. The non-profit firm, using federal government funding and donations from a number of sources, provides access to lawyers to help ensure justice and fairness for all.
The advice they provide is for civil cases, and they do not help with criminal cases. Find information on some of the services they offer below. The list below is only a sampling and additional support may be provided to qualified individuals. Or call them at 404-206-5175.
Housing assistance. Attorneys can help with such issues as mortgage foreclosures, landlord/tent disputes, evictions, government rent programs, nursing home evictions, admission to subsidized housing, protection of housing vouchers, contractor fraud and predatory lending (including mortgage lenders and banks). They can even help a family with utility issues to prevent homelessness. So if you are applying for a state of Georgia or federal program, and need advice on the application process, then an attorney or paralegal may be able to help.
Income Maintenance and Debt Issues. Among other things, this legal advice focuses on applying for federal as well as state of Georgia government programs such as TANF, food stamps, SSI and SSA cessation and overpayments, unemployment benefits, Medicaid, Medicare, Miller Trusts, and limited veterans benefits.
Other types of cases and issues supported by attorneys relate to medical and health care access, including access to affordable prescription drugs, health insurance cases, medical debt collection, hospital charity programs, and the indigent care trust fund. In addition, receive free legal assistance for various consumer issues that threaten household income or assets, such as identity fraud and theft, illegal debt collection practices, defense of garnishments or other legal actions that threaten either someone’s employment or access to health care such as foreclosure on vehicles needed for related transportation. Lawyers can also help consumers that have taken on payday loans.
Education. Receive support for issues including access to free appropriate public education for children with special needs, discipline actions, admissions problems, college grants, and transportation issues.
Domestic issues and violence. Free legal assistance can be provided by attorneys in Georgia to help with TPOs and related issues such as elder abuse, housing, TANF, child support, Medicaid, food stamps, contempt actions on temporary protective orders; and even receive advice from lawyers in dealing with divorces in limited circumstances.
But the services provided can also help with other family issues including cessation of child abuse, prevention of foster care placement, and even legitimation where child support is available. Staff from pro-bono firms may be able to represent clients, including women and children, in court.
Farmworkers Rights Division provides representation and legal aid to newcomers to the state as well as legal immigrant farm workers. A number of civl matters can be addressed. One of the more common issues in Georgia is for farmworkers and residents that were not paid promised wages, provided agreed upon housing or transportation. This can also provide support to non-farm workers who were passed over for a job or promotion.
Get information on, and help in applying for Social Security. This is the main federal government benefit program for disabled and elderly Georgians. Attorneys will make sure you get the payments and benefits that you are entitled too. This will also include addressing any public health care issues as well.
Georgia Legal Services Program also operates free clinics around the region. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals and lawyers will meet with low income individuals and potential clients who need limited assistance or free advice on legal matters such as advanced directives, wills, civil family law matters or a number of other consumer issues. This can be held in regional offices or community centers.
Pro Bono Services and Judicare Programs. Many lawyers are donating their time to provide advice on a host of other issues, including bankruptcy, wills, guardianships, and advanced directives. The services listed above is only a sampling of the resources available from Georgia Legal Services Program. A host of other issues may be supported for income qualified clients.
The main statewide agency is noted above, however residents can also turn to more local pro-bono firms. These non-profits use a combination of volunteer attorneys, paralegals and other staff to help individuals that are less fortunate and that meet low income guidelines. In many cases, senior citizens can get free legal aid, regardless of their income.
The greater Atlanta region is supported by the Legal Aid Society. They provide assistance in the counties of Fulton, Gwinnett, DeKalb, Clayton, and also the Cobb region from several different offices. Read Atlanta Legal Aid Society.
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