Updated: March 28, 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 Civil Legal Help

Outside King County

  • Call CLEAR toll-free at 888-201-1014 or apply online for certain types of cases. The line is open weekdays 9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
  • Visit Northwest Justice Project for any changes to the CLEAR hours of operations due to COVID-19.

Inside King County

  • Call 2-1-1. The 211 Legal Referral and Information Hotline provides information for people facing civil (non-criminal) legal matters. The 211 line is open 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • 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.


  • If you are seeking legal aid for the first time, please call CLEAR 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.

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.

Criminal Defense Legal Help

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