If you don’t qualify for a public defender
If we cannot represent you, several other legal resources are available to you.
King County 2-1-1
King County 2-1-1 provides comprehensive information on health and human services to King County residents. Their specialists can direct you to legal services. They can also direct you to other services, including food, shelter, housing, rent and utility assistance, health care, family support, and financial assistance.
The referral line is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 6 pm
What to expect
The 2-1-1 specialists are not lawyers and cannot provide legal advice. However, they can direct you to another legal resource, if available. They’ll ask you some questions to determine what help might be available to you.
You can also access the Crisis Center 211 website for information on legal services and service providers.
King County Bar Association
The King County Bar Association provides free legal assistance on many matters, including:
- Landlord-tenant disputes
- Contested divorce
- Social Security Income (SSI) issues
They also run Neighborhood Legal Clinics, which provide free 30-minute consultations at several locations in King County.
Washington Law Help
Washington Law Help provides information, resources, self-help packets, and videos on:
- Family law
- Consumer issues and debt
- Protection from abuse
- Public benefits
- Senior issues
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Provides legal information and referrals.
Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection
Offers help on consumer protection issues.
Benefits Law Center
Provides legal advice and representation to low-income individuals with disabilities, helping them obtain Social Security disability and SSI benefits.
Supports young people ensnared in the criminal legal system, empowering them to make good choices, providing workshops and counseling, and offering restorative practices.
Supports people impacted by the criminal legal system.
Supports young people ensnared in the criminal legal process, providing alternatives to incarceration and other services.
Disability Rights Washington
Phone: 206-324-1521 (in King County) or (800) 562-2702 (statewide)
Provides legal information for people with disabilities.
Fair Work Center
Provides a civil legal aid clinic for workers in employment law cases; the clinic is operated in partnership with Seattle University and the University of Washington schools of law.
King County Dispute Resolution Center
Offers affordable mediation and conflict resolution services for individuals, families and businesses.
Legal Counsel for Youth & Children
Advances legal rights of young people through direct representation, community partnerships, and systemic advocacy.
Advocates for our region’s most marginalized communities, including women of color, lesbians, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, immigrants, people with disabilities, and low-income women.
The Mockingbird Society
Works with young people and families who have experienced foster care or homelessness.
Moderate Means Program (Washington State Bar Association)
Provides clients of moderate means facing family, consumer or housing law issues with lawyers at reduced fees.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Phone: 206-587-4009 or (800) 445-5771 (statewide)
Provides direct legal services to immigrants.
Northwest Justice Project
The state’s publicly funded legal aid program, it maintains Washington Law Help and provides legal services in housing, healthcare, education and other areas.
Open Door Legal Services (Seattle Union Gospel Mission)
Provides legal services on criminal warrants, debts, court fines and relicensing, child support and visitation.
Phone: 206-322-2444 |
Provides legal services for youth in need of help with housing, education, healthcare and other areas.
Tenant Law Center (Catholic Community Services)
Provides free legal assistance to low-income people in Seattle who are facing evictions, subsidy terminations, debtor/creditor issues, and other needs.
The Unemployment Law Project
Phone: 206-441-9178 or (888) 441-9178
Provides legal services to people who have been denied unemployment benefits.
Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
Provides information on housing, education, employment.
Washington Innocence Project
Provides free investigative and legal services in cases of innocence with supporting newly discovered evidence.