Other legal resources
If you don’t qualify for a public defender due to financial eligibility or if you’re facing a legal issue that the Department of Public Defense doesn’t handle, several other legal resources and options are available to you.
Do you need to speak to an attorney? If so, call 2-1-1.
King County 2-1-1 provides the most comprehensive information on health and human services available to King County residents. The information and referral specialists at 2-1-1 can direct callers to appropriate legal services available to low-income residents. They can also direct callers to other needed services, including food, shelter, housing, rent and utility assistance, health care, family support, financial assistance and more.
The referral line is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What will happen when people call 2-1-1 for legal help? 2-1-1 specialists are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice. However, callers can expect to speak with a trained information and referral specialist who will collect demographic and income information, discuss their legal issue, and, if an appropriate legal resource is available, provide a referral.
People may also access the Crisis Center 211 website (external) for information on legal services and service providers.
Do you want to visit a free legal clinic? If so, attend a KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
The King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics sponsors free Neighborhood Legal Clinics. Volunteer attorneys provide up to 30 minutes of free legal advice and consultation to King County residents at a variety of locations. Please see the website for details, times and locations.
Do you need legal information or self-help packets? If so, visit www.WashingtonLawhelp.org.
This site provides a wealth of information, suggested resources, printable self-help packets, videos and more on the following issues:
- Family law
- Consumer issues and debt
- Protection from abuse
- Public benefits
- Senior issues
Other agencies that provide legal services
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Provides information, coaching, resource referrals and more.
(206) 624-2184 | www.aclu-wa.org
Attorney General’s Office
Offers help on consumer protection issues.
(800) 551-4636 (in-state) or (800) 833-6388 (hearing impaired). Call centers are open M-F, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
King County Dispute Resolution Center
Offers affordable mediation and conflict resolution services for individuals, families and businesses.
(206) 443-9603 (King County) or (888) 803-4696 (statewide) | www.kcdrc.org
Disability Rights Washington
Provides legal information for people with disabilities.
(206) 324-1521 (Local) or (800) 562-2702 (statewide) | www.disabilityrightswa.org
Innocence Project Northwest Clinic
Frees innocent people using DNA and other new evidence.
(206) 543-4550 | http://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/IPNW/clients.aspx
King County Bar Association
Provides legal services to people facing evictions, landlord-tenant disputes, contested divorce, SSI issues and more.
(206) 267-7100 | www.kcba.org/pbs/
Legal Action Center (Catholic Community Services)
Provides free legal assistance to low-income people facing evictions, subsidy terminations, debtor/creditor issues and more.
(206) 324-6890 or (888) 649-6850 | www.ccsww.org
Provides information and self-help materials for women facing family law issues, employment issues, violence, consumer debt and more.
(206) 682-9552 | www.legalvoice.org
Northwest Immigration Rights Project
Provides direct legal services to immigrants.
(206) 587-4009 or (800) 445-5771 (statewide) | www.nwirp.org
Northwest Justice Project
The state’s publicly funded legal aid program, it maintains WashingtonLawHelp (see above) and provides legal services in housing, health care, education and more.
(206) 464-1519 | www.nwjustice.org
Open Door Legal Services (Seattle Union Gospel Mission)
Provides legal services on criminal warrants, debts, court fines and relicensing, child support and visitation.
David Mace at (206) 682-4642 or email@example.com
Street Youth Legal Advocates of Washington
Provides information to homeless and at-risk youth in areas of housing, education, family law and more. It is volunteer-run and has no paid staff.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for information or help
Provides legal services for youth in need of help with housing, education, health care and more.
(206) 322-2444 | www.teamchild.org
The Unemployment Law Project
Provides legal services to people who have been denied unemployment benefits.
(206) 441-9178 or (888) 441-9178 | www.unemploymentlawproject.org
University of Washington Client Services
Free legal representation provided via several clinics, including a Federal Tax Clinic, a Mediation Clinic and more.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Provides information on housing, education, employment.
(206) 461-3792 | www.urbanleague.org
WSBA Moderate Means Program
Provides clients of moderate means facing family, consumer or housing law issue with lawyers at reduced fees. Offered by Washington State Bar Association.
Apply online: moderatemeans-intake.legalserver.org. Or call 855-741-6930
Interim King County Public Defender
If you'd like to invite Anita or someone else from the Department of Public Defense to speak to your organization, please send your request to DPD at email@example.com.