What is Legal Aid?

Civil Legal Issues

Legal aid programs are nonprofit law offices that provide legal assistance to low-income people on civil legal matters such as consumer debt, divorce, domestic violence, education, employment, rental housing, homeownership and foreclosure, and public assistance issues. Civil legal issues address disputes between individuals and companies, lenders, landlords, creditors or the local, state or federal government. To find the legal aid program that serves your county, click here.

Criminal Legal Issues

Legal aid programs do not provide legal assistance to people who have been charged with a crime.

Criminal matters are handled by the public defender office in your county or a court-appointed counsel system. Public defenders are government funded law offices that provide legal assistance to low-income people who have been charged with a crime. To find the public defender office that serves your county, click here.