Where to get legal advice
Due to the COVID-19, there are currently no legal clinics meeting in the Law Library. Instead, some organizations are offering assistance via telephone. See below for details.
We will update this page as the situation changes.
Neighborhood Legal Clinic:
In-person meetings have been suspended. Visit their website to schedule a telephone consultation.
- 30-minute meeting
- Appointment required; visit their website to schedule a consultation
- Focused on civil legal and procedural questions. This is one of several neighborhood legal clinics sponsored by KCBA. For information about services provided at the other clinic locations please visit the KCBA’s Neighborhood Legal Clinics web site.
- Sponsored by the King County Bar Association
Debt Collection Defense Clinic:
Due to public health concerns and until further notice, the DCDC clinic will NOT be meeting in person. Instead, users can contact the clinic via telephone at 206-464-1519 – during the same hours listed below.
- Call between 9:00-5:00pm Monday – Friday to to be screened for eligibility
- Eligible clients will receive a return call between 1:00-3:00pm on the following Tuesday
- If need be, another time can sometimes be arranged
- 30-minute meeting
- Interpreters can be arranged
- Focused specifically on low-income debtors with questions about debt collection, abusive collection practices, garnishment and medical debts
- Sponsored by the Northwest Justice Project
- At all other times, the DCDC front desk can be reached at 206-464-1519 for screening
How to Get the Most Out of Your Visit to a Free Legal Clinic
Generally, you will only have about 30 minutes to meet with an attorney. To get the most out of your visit, be as prepared as possible:
- If you already have forms, fill out as much as you can on your own.
- Do not walk into a clinic with a stack of blank forms.
- The attorney will not have time to go through all of your forms with you.
- Only ask the attorney about the sections of the form that are confusing. Mark them with sticky notes so that you can locate them quickly.
- Have a short and succinct version of the facts of your case prepared.
- Have a written outline or timeline of the facts prepared in advance, so that the attorney can quickly get a sense of the issue.
- Do not get bogged down with unnecessary details or casting blame.
- Do as much research on the law of your case as you can beforehand.
- The more you know about the law of your case, the better the attorney can guide you towards the next steps.
- Pick the one issue that you are having the most trouble with or that is the most immediate concern
- Where are you on your case schedule?
- Have you been served with a document that you do not know how to respond to?