People who can’t afford their own attorney may be able to turn to a few different Maricopa County based law firms for free advice and support. The non-profit organizations partner with Community Legal Services to address a wide range of civil matters. All support is only for low income families, including those faced with poverty.
The lawyers can help tenants facing eviction and work to prevent homelessness. Many people, including seniors or the disabled, need help in applying for government benefits, and there is assistance for that as well. More information on those programs, and details on other legal advice offered, is below.
Eviction prevention may be available as part of the Tenants’ Rights Clinic. Volunteer paralegals and attorneys provide those who rent their home or apartment with free legal advice, mediation if needed, and other services. There is help for people having disputes with landlords or those that are behind on their rent.
Clients of Community Legal Services are provided with whatever support is needed to stop homeless in the Phoenix area. This can include also assistance with preventing an illegal utility shut off, and that can lead to an eviction. Other support offered can be as simple as passing out a Tenants’ Rights Handbook including letters designed to assist in communication with landlords or full scale representation in court.
Homeowners can get help as well. After all, a foreclosure on someone’s primary residence can also lead to homelessness for a family. So to prevent this, the Phoenix Arizona firms can provide free counseling, help a client apply for a mortgage loan modification, and offer other legal representation is any disputes with a lender.
Bankruptcy Clinics and Debt Collection assistance is available. As part of this, staff from the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) offer guidance to those who are way behind on their bills. They can advise them on when to file for bankruptcy or help them deal with illegal debt collection calls. Other services in the county include document preparation and more.
The Maricopa County Children’s Law Center is for at risk youth, teens, and students, among others. Attorneys can be selected to serve as Court Appointed Advisors, and they will always support the child and their needs. Some of what is provided is below.
The lawyers will offer free support to caretakers in obtaining adoptions or guardianship’s of vulnerable children when their parents are unable to care for them on their own. There is also free support in helping children and their guardian apply for programs such as SNAP food stamps, education, and similar programs.
F.A.C.T is the name of another legal program for homeless teenagers. They will be able to receive assistance from Maricopa County Bar Association and staff from the VLP who visit shelters and other sites in the community. As part of this, they will provide them with advice and brief services related to a wide variety of legal matters.
Support is offered for those who were maybe illegally or questionably terminated by their employer. There are different clinics in the Phoenix area that can help people of all races, religions, and backgrounds, provided they meet low income guidelines. It can inform people of their rights and responsibilities of the job and it can also help protect them from being exploited. They can get assistance in contesting denials of unemployment and legal aid for discrimination issues.
The Volunteer Lawyers Program also operates the Family Lawyers Assistance Project, or F.L.A.P. Professionals from the non-profit firms will advise persons representing themselves in family law cases. They can access services and obtain other forms of free legal assistance. What may be offered includes consultations with volunteer attorneys at the Superior Courts in Mesa, Phoenix, and other cities.
Many other resources are available. The program can go by different names in the county, including Community Legal Services or the Volunteer Lawyers Program. As noted, the support is offered to low income families on a pro-bono basis. While they can’t help with all civil cases, they can be an option for families. For more information, the address is 305 S 2nd Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85003, dial (602) 258-3434.
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