Legal Assistance Organizations

Organizations that Help with Legal Problems

Problem
Organization
How They Can Help
Advocacy for Resident in a Care Facility
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
(253) 798-3789
Staff and volunteers investigate complaints and help people to negotiate with the facility.
Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy Clinic
(253) 798-3627
Works to resolve issues of debt, credit reports, bankruptcy and bankruptcy alternatives.
Child Visitation
WA Arbitration and Medication
(253) 627-3656
Brings parties together to negotiate an agreement.
Child Visitation
Relatives Raising Children
(253) 565-5823
Helps people who care for relatives to find resources and services.
Child Visitation
CLEAR
(Coordinated Legal Education and Referral)
(888) 201-1014
Free legal hotline directs you to legal resources.
Civil Law
Neighborhood Legal Clinic
(253) 572-5134
All areas of civil law for low-income clients.
Consumer Complaint
Attorney General
(253) 593-2904
Accepts written complaints about businesses, investigates, sometimes sues on behalf of the state if the business practices are illegal.
Consumer Complaint
Better Business Bureau
(253) 431-2222
Investigates complaints about Better Business Bureau members.
Creditors
Consumer  Credit Counseling Service
(253) 588-1858
Can negotiate with creditors and help you get reduced payments over a longer time.
Estate Issues
Pierce County AIDS Foundation Wills Project
(253) 383-2565
Focused on wills, powers of attorney and other estate issues
Family Law Issues
Lawhelp Center
(253) 798-3627
Deals with all areas of civil law (dissolution, temporary orders, parenting plans, paternity, custody, support, etc.) for low-income clients only.
Family Law Issues
Pro Se Family Law Clinic
(253) 572-5134
For low-income clients representing themselves in all areas of family law (dissolution, temporary orders, parenting plans, paternity, custody, support, etc.).
General Law Issues
Lakewood Pro Bono Clinic at the Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement (MSM)
(253) 584-5615
Both Korean and Russian translation available at MSM clinic.
Getting Money from People who Owe You
Small Claims Court
$2,500 maximum
(253) 798-7487
(253) 798-6309
Courts presided over by a commissioner; individuals can represent themselves.
Landlord Tenant Problem
City of Tacoma
Human Rights & Human Services
(253) 591-5151
Information about Landlord Tenant Law, some advocacy if landlord is discriminating or acting illegally.
Landlord Tenant Problem
CLEAR
(Coordinated Legal Education & Referral)
(888) 201-1014
Free legal hotline directs you to legal resources - can sometimes take your case if you meet their service eligibility and priorities.
Landlord Tenant Problem
Landlord Tenant Information and Assistance
(253) 591-5163
Helps people to understand landlord / tenant laws; can help individual to negotiate with landlord if landlord is not following correct legal procedures.
Lawyer Referral
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
(253) 3893-3432
Helps individuals connect with experienced legal help for a variety of issues. Charges a $35 fee for initial 30-minute consultation.
Neighbor Encroaching on Your Property
Washington Arbitration and Mediation
(253) 627-3656
Brings parties together to negotiate an agreement.
Neighbor Encroaching on Your Property
City of Tacoma
Building and Land Use
(253) 591-5363
Can investigate complaints of encroachment in some cases.
Power of Attorney
Aging & Disability Resource Center
(253) 798-4600
Free forms available. Simple to complete.
Power of Attorney or Will
Pierce County Bar Association
(253) 383-3432
$75 for a will; $30 for durable power of attorney.
Power of Attorney or Will
CLEAR
(Coordinated Legal Education & Referral)
(888) 201-1014
Inexpensive wills and powers of attorney.
Social Security or SSI
CLEAR
(Coordinated Legal Education & Referral)
(888) 201-1014
Free legal hotline directs you to legal resources - can sometimes take your case if you meet their service eligibility and priorities.
Social Security or SSI
Your local congressman.
Check local telephone directory or call ADRC at (253) 798-4600 or (800) 562-0332
Can investigate your complaint and help expedite service.
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