Northwest Justice Project (NJP) CLEAR Hotline
Washington’s toll-free, centralized intake, advice, and referral service for low-income people seeking free legal assistance with civil legal problems. Services are generally limited to problems that affect basic needs such as housing, income, medical care, and family safety.
Outside of King County call 888-201-1014, weekdays from 9:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. There are language interpreters if needed at no cost to callers. Deaf or hard-of-hearing may call this number using a preferred TTY or video relay service.
Persons 60 or older may call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111 regardless of income. Individuals may call the CLEAR*Sr line starting at 9:15 a.m. and will be asked to leave a message with their name, phone number, and whether it is ok to leave a message. The CLEAR*Sr line will close when the voicemail system is full. Low income seniors may call the CLEAR line at 1-888-201-1014 from 9:15 a. m. – 12:15 p.m.
NJP’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit (FPU) helps people who are threatened with home foreclosure. Contact the FPU to see if you qualify for free legal help. Call 1-800-606-4819
Are you a veteran facing a legal problem?
NJP’s Veterans Project provides free legal services to low income and homeless veterans for civil (not criminal) legal problems that are barriers to housing, employment, and self-sufficiency. Call 1-855-NJP-VETS (855-657-8387).
Ask volunteer attorneys legal questions!
Washington Web Lawyer is a website where low-income people who have a civil legal problem in Washington State can get free legal advice from volunteer attorneys by creating an account and logging in to post their legal questions.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
CFPB’s mission is to protect consumers in the areas of mortgages, credit cards, banking, and other financial services. To register a complaint or learn more, go to www.consumerfinance.gov.
Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP)
Is a non-profit organization providing free or low-cost, high quality civil legal services to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County, Washington and Domestic Violence legal aid throughout King County, Washington. Call 425-747-7272. Learn more>
El Centro de la Raza – Monthly FREE Bilingual Legal Clinics – Learn more>
King County Bar Association
Provides free legal clinics with access to advice and consultation. Also, may provide individual representation. Call 206-267-7100. Learn more>
King County Bar Association Bankruptcy Clinic
Provides clients with the opportunity to speak to an attorney for a half hour, free of charge. Attorneys will not represent them in court or fill out paperwork, but they will read paperwork and answer questions. To schedule an appointment, call 206-267-7070 between 9 a.m. and noon, Monday through Thursday.
King County Law Library
Legal Clinics at the Public Law Library. Learn more>
Northwest Consumer Law Center
Representation and litigation services are available for low and moderate income consumers who have limited or no other access to justice. Three basic criteria to determine whether a prospective client will receive assistance include: the prospective client must be financially eligible for help based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines, the type of case presented must be within Northwest Consumer Law Center’s current case priorities, and the matter must be legally meritorious (meaning a “good case”). Learn more>
NW Consumer Law Center in partnership with the Federal Bar Association, have set up a free clinic to help low-income pro se bankruptcy filers (people filing without an attorney) at the federal courthouse in Seattle. Download a flyer>
Northwest Justice Project (NJP)
Washington’s publicly-funded legal aid program and may provide individual representation. Strict income eligibility guidelines apply. Call 206-464-1519. Learn more>
As part of a new program, people with civil (non-criminal) legal problems in King County can now dial 2-1-1 to receive information about and referrals to numerous free and low-cost civil legal services. The local number is 206-461-3200, and the toll-free number is 1-877-2-1-1-WASH (9274).
Washington Law Help
Provides extensive self-help information and a directory of legal service providers. Learn more>
Answering a Lawsuit for Debt Collection
DEBT COLLECTION LAWSUIT? Washington LawHelp has a new interactive interview to assist individuals facing a debt collection lawsuit in Washington state. Answering a Lawsuit for Debt Collection allows you to create the paperwork you need to defend yourself and respond properly and on time. After you complete an online interview, the documents are created for you to print out, sign, file and serve.
This is one of several interactive “HotDocs” interviews available at Washington LawHelp, where you can also create court papers to Seal Juvenile Court Records and File for Divorce (if No Minor Children).