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Legal Services Alabama – Legal service for Low Income people

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What is Legal Services Alabama?

Legal Services Alabama (LSA) has seven offices and a centralized intake call center working together to fulfill its mission statement: To serve low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. These offices are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa.

LSA offices handle civil cases only. Each office has lawyers licensed to practice in Alabama and other staff who know how to help low-income people resolve their legal problems.


Core Values

  • Integrity:

    We are honest, ethical and accountable in our endeavors.

  • Professionalism:

    We pursue excellence in our creative, courageous and zealous representation of our clients.

  • Teamwork:

    Valuing our diverse strengths, we cooperate with our clients, staff and community justice partners.

  • Compassion:

    We are caring, empathetic and respectful.


How does LSA help people?

  • By providing representation on critical legal matters in judicial and administrative forums

  • By providing timely legal counsel and advice

  • Through community education about rights and responsibilities (“preventative” law)

  • By providing effective mediation services that help clients and keep disputes out of the court system

  • Through development and distribution of legal self-help materials and forms


What LSA CAN’T do:

As a recipient of federal funds, LSA is restricted by Congress as to some of the work it is allowed to do. LSA:

  • Does not handle criminal cases

  • Does not accept fee-generating cases that private attorneys are willing to accept on a contingency fee basis

  • Cannot do class actions

  • Cannot do rulemaking

  • Cannot lobby

  • Cannot provide litigation on behalf of prisoners or represent certain categories of aliens

  • Doesn’t assist landlords with evictions. We are only able to assist tenants.


To apply for free legal services in Alabama, call Toll-Free 1-866-456-4995.
You can also Apply Online.

The easiest and best way for you to apply for services is:


  • Apply online for free legal aid at THIS LINK. Our application is hosted by LegalServer. This application is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

  • OR, please call our Central Intake Call Center Toll-Free at 1-866-456-4995. Their hours are 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

If you don’t qualify, you can contact the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service. You can call Toll-Free 1-800-392-5660.

 


HOW LSA HELPS PEOPLE

 

  • By providing representation on critical legal matters in judicial and administrative forums.

  • By providing timely legal counsel and advice.

  • Through community education about rights and responsibilities (“preventative” law).

  • Through development and distribution of legal self-help materials and forms.

Protecting Consumers:

Consumer issues can have a negative effect on household income, which can lead to a downward spiral of issues such as eviction, utility terminations, etc. We help consumers navigate the court system, where the debt collection industry often preys on consumers’ lack of knowledge to obtain fraudulent default judgments and seize a client’s paycheck, home, and property, often in violation of the law. We help debtors assert all available exemption rights and also force creditors to prove their standing in debt collection suits, which they are usually unable to do. Many elderly clients with no healthcare face catastrophic illness and medical bills, pushing them into bankruptcy. In those situations where a bankruptcy is a reasonable option to resolve legal problems, we represent clients in filing a bankruptcy case. We also help consumers enforce their rights regarding product warranties, clearing up credit reporting errors, reporting identity theft, and problems with public utilities.

Preventing Family Violence:

This is an area really utilized by LSA clients. LSA assists with family law cases, when domestic violence (spouse, elder or child abuse) is present. We assist victims of domestic violence who need an order of protection or a restraining order to protect themselves or their children. We assist victims in filing a Protection from Abuse petition or a divorce. In the course of this representation, Legal Services can also represent victims in seeking custody of minor children, child support, and other relief that will enable them to start a new life that will be free from abuse.

Securing Shelter and Preventing Homelessness:

LSA helps clients in public housing, Section 8, or other government subsidized housing programs to obtain services, resolve grievances, or contest an eviction. In private housing – where a landlord is not complying with the terms of the clients lease or is trying to evict them – we advise clients concerning their rights and may represent them in court if they are sued. In cases where clients are having problems with the mortgage on their home or other problems concerning the home and land they own, Legal Services is there. Heir property rights and land loss prevention are of particular concern in poor rural areas with small family and minority farmers.

Ensuring Healthy, Stable Families:

If a client is eligible for Medicaid or Medicare and is having problems getting them to pay for covered medical treatment, LSA can assist them in obtaining coverage. If clients are having problems receiving public assistance benefits that they are eligible for and need to take care of their children, we can assist them in making sure that eligibility and benefit levels are properly determined.

Assisting the Disabled in Achieving Independence:

LSA works to ensure that low-income, disabled individuals in Alabama have access to medical care and a subsistence income, through Medicaid and other forms of government assistance. We promote strategies that enable people with disabilities to live as independently as possible. LSA also represents clients when they are receiving Social Security disability and there is a threat their benefits will cease.

Assisting Seniors:

Alabama’s senior citizens are faced with multifaceted problems on a daily basis. LSA partners with Central Alabama Aging Consortium (CAAC) in the Montgomery office and Jefferson County Office of Senior Citizen Services and East Alabama Regional Planning Commission in the Birmingham office to assist elderly clients with Medicaid and Medicare problems, nursing home issues, wills, durable powers of attorney, Advanced Health Care Directives, probate problems and numerous consumer issues where unfair advantage is often taken of the elderly.

Applicants that need social services or have a legal problem not practiced by LSA are directed to other resources for assistance. Our staff actively looks for resources for applicants and clients.

LSA Statewide Call Center: 
1-866-456-4995
en Español: 
1-888-835-3505

Legal Services Central Intake for Low-Income Taxpayer Issues:


1-877-393-2333

 

 

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