Other ways we can help

If you do not qualify for a lawyer that we will help pay for, there are other ways that we might be able to help.

Over the phone

When you call we can help you in over 300 languages and you can:

  • get referrals to help with your legal problem (such as duty counsel and legal clinics)
  • get referrals to other agencies
  • talk to a lawyer for a maximum of 20 minutes if you have a family legal problem. The lawyer will give you general legal advice and explain what you can do to help with your legal case

Day of court

COVID-19: Beginning March 24, you can speak to duty counsel over the phone about your criminal matter without having to qualify.

If you qualify, and need legal help on your day of court, you can talk to our lawyers at the courthouse (they are called duty counsel). Duty counsel can:

  • give you advice and information
  • tell you about your rights and what you have to do
  • tell you how the court process works
  • in some cases, help you with your documents
  • in some cases, represent you

Check the table below to see if you qualify for duty counsel services.

Number of family members How much money does your family earn in a year?
1 $22,720
2 $32,131
3 $39,352
4 $45,440
5+ $50,803

If you do not qualify for duty counsel services, speak to a legal aid worker at the courthouse. Legal aid workers are Legal Aid employees who can give you legal information, information about the court process, and tell you about other resources that may help.