Help from a lawyer

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Law librarians can refer you to legal information that you may find helpful. Lawyers can answer legal questions and offer legal advice. They can advise you on what you should or should not do and what the laws mean for your situation. The library does not employ lawyers who can assist you.

COVID-19 notice: Many walk-in legal clinics have been canceled because of the pandemic. A local law firm is doing a free virtual legal clinic every Thursday from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Superior Court Clerk has a list of other sources for civil legal aid during COVID-19.

Legal help brochure

These referral sources are for civil cases only and not criminal cases.


Help based on income

Washington State Bar Association Moderate Means Program

This program accepts people whose income is 200-400% of the federal poverty guidelines. They only address consumer, family, unemployment benefits, and housing issues. Clients may pay a reduced fee, and retainer amounts are set by the attorney.

Complete an online application at: WSBA Moderate Means Program Application for Service (preferred) or call 1.855.741.6930.

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program

Get free legal help for civil legal problems in Clark County. They help low-income people with a range of legal issues.

Call 360.695.5313, or walk in Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to see if you qualify.
100 W 11th Street, Suite 1, Vancouver

www.ccvlp.org

You can meet with a free attorney during the eviction docket, Friday mornings beginning at 8:30 a.m. They will also help you talk to the attorney on the other side.
Clark County Courthouse, 3rd floor, 1200 Franklin Street, Vancouver

Northwest Justice Project (NJP)

CLEAR is NJP’s statewide intake and screening service, with some legal advice over the phone. Before calling, complete an online application to see if you qualify for help.

Call 360.693.6130 or 1.888.201.1014 Monday – Friday from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
You can visit the Vancouver office Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to see if you qualify for their free legal services. 500 W 8th Street, Suite 275, Vancouver

The Foreclosure Prevention Unit is NJP’s statewide effort to maintain home ownership. Free legal advice, including information about the Foreclosure Fairness Act’s mediation program, is available to eligible homeowners with income up to 400% of the federal poverty level.
Foreclosure Line: 1.800.606.4819

The Eviction Defense Screening Line was implemented in response to the state's Right to Counsel for Indigent Tenants: Implementation Plan. Low-income tenants facing eviction can request a free court appointed attorney. Call the hotline or complete an online application for assistance.
Eviction Defense Screening Line: 1.855.657.8387

nwjustice.org/get-legal-help


Help for seniors

Northwest Justice Project (NJP)

CLEAR is NJP’s statewide intake and screening service, with some legal advice over the phone. Before calling, complete an online application to see if you qualify for help.

Call 360.693.6130 or CLEAR*Sr at 1.888.387.7111 for age 60+ Monday – Friday from 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
You can visit the Vancouver office Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to see if you qualify for their free legal services. 500 W 8th Street, Suite 275, Vancouver

Luepke Senior Center (COVID-19 notice - monthly clinics are currently canceled)

If you are 55 or older, you can schedule a free half-hour meeting with an attorney at their monthly legal clinics. They also provide monthly classes on Medicare issues.
Call 360.487.7050 to schedule a free half-hour consultation with a volunteer attorney
Monthly clinics are the first and third Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m., and the first Tuesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 1009 E. McLoughlin Blvd., Vancouver

www.cityofvancouver.us/messenger/page/luepke-center


Help for all

Family Law Clinic (COVID-19 notice - monthly clinics are currently canceled)

Meet for free with an attorney for divorce or relationship issues on the first Tuesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Clark County Courthouse, 1200 Franklin Street, Vancouver.

Virtual Legal Clinic

Meet with an attorney for a free 20-minute virtual appointment on Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

https://lawchat.navigatelawgroup.com


Help finding a lawyer

Southwest Washington Lawyer Referral Service (sponsored by the Clark County Bar Association)

You can get a referral to a local attorney in the appropriate legal specialty who will consult with you for a reduced fee. Work after that is at the regular rate.
Call 360.695.0599 Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or email LRS@ccbawashington.org

www.ccbawashington.org/community-resources/southwest-washington-lawyer-referral

Clark County Bar Association (CCBA)

The Find a Lawyer button allows you to search by zip code and mile radius for attorneys practicing in a particular area of the law.

www.ccbawashington.org

Washington State Bar Association (WSBA)

Use the Legal Directory link to search for attorneys by city or zip code that practice in the area of law you need. You should use the "Advanced Search" option and set the License Status field to "Active."

www.wsba.org

Washington LawHelp.Org

Use the directory to find legal aid offices.

www.washingtonlawhelp.org/find-legal-help/directory


Help working with a lawyer

Washington State Court Rules

The Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) that Washington lawyers must follow.

www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.list&group=ga&set=RPC

FindLaw.com, Guide to Hiring a Lawyer

Get help determining if and when you may want to hire a lawyer, and choosing the right lawyer for your situation.

hirealawyer.findlaw.com

Nolo.com, Attorneys' Fees: The Basics

How to understand lawyer fees when seeking legal advice from an attorney.

www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/attorneys-fees-basics-30196.html

Legal Voice, Working with a Lawyer

Learn how to work with a lawyer who is in private practice.

www.legalvoice.org/working-with-a-lawyer