State residents can receive free legal aid from pro-bono attorneys as well as representation services. The support is available from the South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) organization, which is made p of lawyers, paralegals and other professionals. They offer free advice for a wide variety of civil (non-criminal). They help with various issues and matters that low and moderate income families and individuals of South Carolina may be facing.
SCLS is a non-profit corporation. It is funded by grants from the federal governments Legal Services Corporation, the South Carolina Bar, and also the South Carolina Bar Foundation. Other donors to this service include local United Way organizations, private donations, state court filing fees, and other federal, state as well as local government agencies.
Hundreds of staff are part of the group. SCLS has numerous offices across the state from which they serve residents. Eligibility for the legal assistance programs and services is based upon both total household income and assets that the applicant has. They can be reached at 888-346-5592.
They offer a wide variety of services and programs, such as the following. The exact form of support may vary based on office.
Bankruptcy/Debtor Relief - They provide advice on filing chapter 7 and/or 13. These bankruptcy filings can help people save a home, a car, or medically necessary equipment. Also, if the client is facing substantial harassment from their creditors that may be affecting the mental and/or physical well being of them, then the client may be able to purse additional options, including suing the creditor.
Collection Practices/Debt Collectors/Creditor Harassment - Find how to get legal help to deal with debt collectors. Support is offered to those faced with credit card or unpaid medical bills, individuals dealing with payday lenders, and other debts. There is also advice for stopping scammers, which often target the elderly in South Carolina. Or to find additional debt collection options, click here.
Help for Predatory Lending Practices (Not Including Mortgages) - In addition to the debt collection services offered, they can also offer ways to deal with lenders, such as payday loans. There are a number of questionable shops in the state. Another service is assisting with Loans/Installment Purchase (Not Collections).
Debt Collection (Including Garnishment of Wages/Repossession/Deficiency) - Get free legal advice from attorneys and their staff. South Carolina Legal Services assists low income families that have been served with pleadings or if their property has been repossessed.
If a collector or company has garnished the resident’s wages, then South Carolina Legal Services can help if you are disputing the debt. There are some options for people facing this challenge. Or assistance is even offered for those that are contesting the amount of debt a creditor claims you owe.
Adoption advice - Lawyers offer free help where an increased economic benefit can be obtained by proceeding with this approach. Only information on the process is given. Clients can review government regulations and increase their understanding of the adoption process.
Divorce/Separation/Annulment - Free divorce or separation filings. This is a limited service of firms associated with SCLS. This particular program may have minimal costs associated with it. But a lawyer can file paperwork in the local South Carolina court, help with form filling, and more.
Name Change - Residents can obtain or amend a birth certificate where economic benefit can be gained from the name change. This also helps immigrants as well. The service can incorporate guardianship and conservatorship issues.
Domestic Abuse - For families facing any type of abuse, an attorney can support them. They will go over how they can get help and get out of the situation. Learn about government benefits, safe housing in South Carolina, and access other free legal aid. Of focus is women and children in South Carolina fleeing violence.
Private Landlord/Tenant - Get free legal advice in SC to deal with preventing an eviction or find ways to gain access to quality housing. Lawyers can also give advice and access to programs to stop a utility service disconnection, find help with obtaining necessary repairs to rented housing, and find help with getting back a security deposit. The program also covers Mortgage Help and Foreclosures Prevention. As part of this, the attorneys will provide clients with free foreclosure prevention services.
Mortgage Predatory Lending/Practices - If the individual has received a loan from a predatory bank or lender, such as an interest only or subprime mortgage, they may be able to find ways to modify their loan. It is a pro-active form of financial help. Clients may be assigned a free attorney.
Employment Discrimination - Receive representation and counsel at the administrative level (which is an informal hearing with employer). Those individuals can also get free representation at court level where the administrative process has been exhausted. South Carolina firms can help employees potentially sue their employer, fight discrimination and a Right to Sue Letter can be issued by EEOC once it has been completed.
Wage Claims - Get representation at administrative level (as part of an informal hearing with employer). In addition to this, the client can get free representation from a SCLS attorney at the court level. They advise on unemployment claims, illegal firings, and situations where the administrative process has been exhausted and no other options exist.