Updated: May 22, 2020

Legal aid organizations are working to protect their staff, volunteers, and clients from the spread of COVID-19 while still providing the vital services communities need. Below is a developing summary of legal resources.

Free Legal Help

Beyond King County

In King County

  • The 2-1-1 Hotline. The 211 Legal Referral and Information Hotline provides information for people facing civil (non-criminal) legal matters. Call 211 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides civil legal aid to low-income residents of King County, including phone consultations with volunteer attorneys and staff attorneys who work with victims of domestic violence.
  • King County Law Library: The Seattle location has closed its physical location. Library patrons can still access services remotely, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Contact them at services@kcll.org or 206-477-1305 or at www.kcll.org. The library hosts a legal clinic which you can access via telephone:
    • Debt Collection Defense Clinic on Tuesday from 1–3 p.m. at 206-707-0934.
    • The Downtown Neighborhood Legal Clinic will accept calls on Thursdays noon–2 p.m. Call 206-267-7070 to request an appointment.
    • The New Lawyers Division Walk-In Clinic is cancelled until further notice.
  • Tenant Law Center: Free legal assistance to qualifying low-income tenants in King County who are facing eviction or subsidy termination, ranging from self-help information to representation in court. For assistance, call the Tenant Law Center at: 206-324-6890.

Statewide

  • If you are seeking legal aid for the first time, please call the CLEAR Hotlineat 1-888-201-1014 if you are outside King County or 2-1-1 if you are in King County.
  • If you are already working with an organization and need to know whether their services are changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, you should look at the organization's website or contact them directly. For a directory of civil legal organizations, visit the Alliance for Equal Justice.
  • The UW Federal Tax Clinic helps low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS. All services provided remotely.
  • Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) represents unaccompanied immigrant children in their immigration removal proceedings, including applications for immigration relief/benefits. Phone and video conferencing available.
  • QLaw's LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic offers a free consultation with a volunteer attorney.
  • Communities Rise is offering a free legal clinic program that provides small businesses and nonprofits with a 60-minute legal consultation with a lawyer to discuss business legal questions or issues that have arisen due to the effect of COVID-19 on the business.

Reduced-Fee Civil Legal Help

  • The Moderate Means Program provides free referrals to attorneys and limited license technicians who charge reduced fees for family law, consumer law and housing law cases.
    • Fill out an online application.
    • The online application is the fastest way to qualify. If you cannot use the online application, please leave a message at 855-741-6930.
  • Northwest Consumer Law Center offers video conferencing, webinars, legal clinics, and reduced-rate legal representation to those financially impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Criminal Defense Legal Help

Washington Defenders Association's Clearinghouse for public defenders and other advocates working on COVID-19 Related Advocacy

Legal Information and Resources

COVID-19 Resources