We support our low-income community members in their civil (non-criminal) legal problems in Clark County.
Read on to learn about how we do this, some of the types of legal problems we help with, and the best way to get help-depending on your need.
Debt Defense & Bankruptcy
We provide advice and some full representation to clients in the process of filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. We do not provide services for Chapter 11 or 13.
We also give advice for anyone with credit card, medical, or other types of debt. Our attorneys will help determine if bankruptcy is the right option, or if something else can be done to reduce or eliminate the debt.
Get help with your debt today by calling 360.334.4007. (Nosotros hablamos español)
With Department of Children, Youth and Families
Families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) sometimes need help with “Family Law” actions to keep their children safe. These might be divorce, parenting plans, protection orders or custody agreements. We partner with Department of Children, Youth and Families to guide these families through those family law actions.
Our lawyers do not give advice on any part of the case that may be prosecuted in court (ie: criminal or defending against CPS investigation). We may only help with non-criminal family law matters (ie: taking steps to help the child remain in or return to the home).
Contact your DCYF caseworker or call 360.993.7900 to get a referral.
courtroom readiness specialist
Our courtroom readiness specialist, who is not an attorney, helps people prepare to go to court by themselves. This includes:
- Preparing to stand and speak, centered and grounded, in court without an attorney
- Minimizing effects of prior trauma and/or emotional triggers in court
- Working collaboratively with the advising attorney
Get help preparing for court today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
Criminal records (vacating)
A criminal record can be a barrier to housing, employment, and moving out of poverty. In Washington state, many crimes may be “vacated” or “expunged”, but this take the client (or defendent) starting the process.
Our attorneys review a client’s criminal record to see if the type of crime is one that can be vacated, and if all other requirements have been met (wait-time and fines paid off). If so, we provide the paperwork and directions to vacate these records.
Get help with your criminal record today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
Domestic violence & SUrvivor Support
With YWCA Clark County
We partner with the YWCA SafeChoice Domestic Violence Program to provide legal services for survivors of domestic violence. Anyone who has experienced domestic violence and now has legal issues as a result can meet with a specially trained attorney in a safe space.
Contact your advocate at YWCA or call 360.696.0167 to get a referral. (Se habla español)
For youth experiencing early parenthood (have had a child or are currently expecting one before the age of 21). Our attorneys meet with them in the office or at their school to offer legal advice (group and 1-on-1) on rights, responsibilities, and resources of parents in Clark County.
Learn about your rights today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
This program serves aged clients with multiple legal problems at the same time, or with legal concerns that are made worse because of their age.
This also includes clients whose life experiences have led them to encounter legal concerns typical of seniors. Rather than require aged clients to seek advice in each program based on area of law, attorneys in this program address a wide range of concerns (Family Law, Contracts, Debt, Financial Abuse, Housing, etc.).
We also provide traditional advice in Wills, Estate Plans, Powers of Attorney, Advanced Directives, etc. regardless of age.
Get help today by calling 360.334.4007. (Nosotros hablamos español)
Support is specifically provided (but not limited) to people who’s employment-related legal needs arise from or are made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
These legal problems may include:
- Wrongful Termination
- Discrimination, Retaliation, or Harassment
- Wage and Hour Disputes
- Fair and Safe Workplaces
- Unemployment Benefits (Denials and Appeals)
Learn about your employment rights today by calling 360.334.4007. (Nosotros hablamos español)
We provide advice and assistance to clients with family law needs. These include:
- Parenting plans
- Non-parental custody
Get help today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
We facilitate discharge (getting rid) of fines and fees through Clark County district court. We work directly with the judge on the client’s behalf, using a financial declaration. This program can restore drivers licenses and remove most or all legal financial obligations (court fines).
We also help with the paperwork and process of Clark County superior court fines, even though the process is a little different.
Get help with your court fines today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
General Law includes all areas of civil (not criminal) legal needs that don’t fit into another category. This may be help with:
- Getting a security deposit back
- Or more traditional “consumer protection” needs
Get help with your general law needs today by calling 360.334.4007. (Nosotros hablamos español)
This is a program for lay people (not-professionals) serving as guardians of people with disabilities that are physical, mental health, age-related, or who have neurological capacity concerns.
Guardians must be non-professional, but may be in any stage of the process (including not yet appointed by the court). Our attorneys help guardians establish or maintain a lay guardianship.
Get help with your lay guardianship today by calling 360.695.5313. (Nosotros hablamos español)
We work with social service organizations to bring legal aid directly to people experiencing homelessness.
This may be in the form of a walk-in advice clinic or providing full representation on legal issues specific to this client population.
Find us at the Navigation Center, call us at 360.695.5313 or walk in. (Nosotros hablamos español)
housing justice project
Housing Justice cases include landlord/tenant disputes, evictions, tenant discrimination, or any issue that prevents a client from being safely and fairly housed. Our attorneys provide advice during clinic appointments and may provide assistance at the unlawful detainer (eviction) docket.
We do not provide financial help with rent.
Get help with your tenant law questions today by calling 360.334.4007. (Nosotros hablamos español)