What We Do
Laurel strives to ensure access to justice by providing free “civil” legal services to low income individuals and families. We were created to address the lack of basic legal assistance in civil matters for those without the means to hire a private attorney.
Depending on the particular civil legal problems, we may provide direct representation, advice, assistance in self-representation, brief service/limited legal assistance or referral to a private attorney (including free and reduced-fee). We also provide community education on legal topics. Free interpretation services are provided to those with limited English abilities and the hearing-impaired.
Our priorities for accepting cases are as follows:
- HOUSING: Securing and preserving safe, decent, affordable housing for low-income people. Including keeping individuals in their homes and ensuring essential utility services.
- FAMILY: Protecting the safety, health and independence of low-income individuals and the stability of low-income families. Including preventing family violence and ensuring children are in a safe and stable environment.
- ECONOMIC STABILITY: Providing economic stability for low-income children, families and individuals. Including assisting with self-sufficiency through employment opportunities, securing unlawfully withheld wages and securing all lawful unemployment benefits for which persons would be eligible (SSI/SSD unemployment, public benefits, and educational benefits etc.)
Please note: Laurel Legal does not accept any criminal or personal injury cases.