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Legal Advice Clinics

The Volunteer Legal Services Program sponsors free legal advice clinics which can provide a private appointment with a volunteer attorney when you need advice on civil (non-criminal) legal issues. Appointments are approximately 1/2 hour in length. Examples of civil issues are family law, consumer problems, bankruptcy, housing, contracts, estate planning, etc. You should be eligible for low-income legal services to schedule a clinic appointment, or to be referred to a volunteer attorney for representation or any additional services.

If you are not sure whether you qualify for low-income services or have other questions about eligibility, please feel free to call Volunteer Legal Services at (253) 572-5134 to ask us about your individual case. Even if you do not qualify for one of our programs, we may be able to connect you with other resources which can help you. You should be prepared to bring with you all documents or other information related to your case so the volunteer attorney can give you the best possible informed advice. If at all possible, DO NOT bring children with you to any clinic.

Please note that clinics are not held on legal holidays. In most cases, because clinic schedules fill up quickly, the appointment you schedule will likely be approximately two weeks from the time you call. If you find that you need help before your appointment, call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014 or contact us at (253) 572-5134.

Interpreter Services Available! -- If you are low-income, have a civil legal issue, and need an interpreter for a clinic appointment or an attorney referral, please call us. We can make an appointment for you using Ethnic Bridge and will provide a free interpreter for you. Services available include most languages and ASL interpreters. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

Lawhelp Center -- Please see the current schedule on our home page; the schedule may change weekly. The Lawhelp Center provides first-come/first-served walk-in assistance for family law and tenants' rights issues at the Pierce County Law Library, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. (1st floor of the County-City Building or at 621 Tacoma Ave S, Suite 303). Legal advice, intake and limited legal services are available to people who meet low-income eligibility standards. Please note that the volunteers at the Lawhelp Center may be able to review paperwork you have completed but cannot fill out forms for you. If you need assistance filling out family law forms, call (253) 798-3627 at 8 a.m. M-F to make an appointment with the Family Law Facilitators (there is a charge for each appointment but no income eligibility requirement).

Housing Justice Project -- Advice, negotiation and possible representation by volunteer attorneys for low-income tenants facing eviction hearings during the unlawful detainer calendar at the Pierce County Courthouse.  The HJP is currently present in the courthouse on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  No appointment required; if you are scheduled for a hearing please arrive early and look for the HJP signs to contact the attorneys prior to your hearing.

Neighborhood Legal Clinic -- First three Mondays of each month, 6-8 p.m., Pierce County Law Library, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. (1st floor of the County-City Building). The Neighborhood Legal Clinic is now by appointment only, for low-income clients only. Please call the Volunteer Legal Services office at 572-5134 to make an appointment. All areas of civil law are accepted. THANK YOU to Gordon Thomas Honeywell for sponsoring and staffing one evening each month of the Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

Bankruptcy Clinic -- The 4th Monday of each month at the Volunteer Legal Services office. The Bankruptcy Clinic begins at 6 p.m. Call Volunteer Legal Services for an appointment, and be prepared to bring with you identification, a current list of debts or credit report, and proof of income.

Urban Indian Legal Clinic -- Second Wednesday of each month, Noon-1:30 p.m., SPIPA, 2316 S State St, Tacoma, WA 98405. This clinic focuses on the needs of Native American and First Nations people living in our community; all civil legal issues welcome. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

Lakewood Pro Bono Clinic -- 2nd and 4th Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library.  All civil issues welcome, call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for an appointment.

Pro Se Family Law Clinic -- By appointment; advice and paperwork review for low-income clients representing themselves in all areas of family law (dissolution, temporary orders, parenting plans, paternity, custody, support, etc.). Held from noon-1:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134.

Pierce County Prosecutor's Family Law Clinic for Veterans -- By appointment; advice and paperwork review for veterans and active military in all areas of family law (dissolution, temporary orders, parenting plans, paternity, custody, support, etc.). 6 p.m. on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for screening and appointment. Thank you to the Pierce County Prosecutor's Office for sponsoring and staffing this clinic!

Home Justice Legal Clinic - Foreclosure for Homeowners & Tenants -- The 4th Wednesday of each month, 6 p.m., 621 Tacoma Ave S, Suite 303. Foreclosure-related issues, for homeowners and renters. Legal advice and referral by appointment; call (253) 572-5134 to make an appointment and learn what to bring to the clinic. Thank you to Seattle University School of Law's Foreclosure Mediation & Outreach Program and to Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit for their cooperation with this clinic!

The 3rd Thursday Wills Clinic -- Third Thursday of each month, at the VLS Program Office, 2-4 p.m. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 to make an appointment. This clinic is available to all eligible clients who need to write or update a will or power of attorney.

Volunteer Lawyers for Dependent Youth -- The 1st Wednesday of each month, at Remann Hall. For youth entering Extended Foster Care system, referred by the court; volunteer lawyers provide advice and guidance regarding the choices facing dependent youth upon reaching age 18. Interested volunteers call (253) 572-5134 for more information.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation Wills Project -- Third Thursday of each month, at the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by TPCBA Volunteer Legal Services and the Pierce County AIDS Foundation. Call PCAF at (253) 383-2565 to make an appointment. This clinic is focused on wills, powers of attorney and other estate issues. If you are a PCAF client and need help with other civil legal issues, call Volunteer Legal Services directly at (253) 572-5134 for help.

Record Expungement Clinic -- Fourth Monday of each month, 6-8 p.m., 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

Driver's License Reinstatement Clinic -- Please call (253) 572-5134 for the date of the next clinic or for more information.

Lawyers Helping Youth Access School -- This program is a pro bono project of the TPCBA VLS Program and TeamChild. If you need help with a school discipline issue, you may be able to get pro bono assistance from this program. Please contact TeamChild's Tacoma Office at (253) 274-9929 or pierceinfo@teamchild.org. THANK YOU to TeamChild's Tacoma office for partnering with the VLS Program to provide more access to legal services for youth in our community.

Thank You to all our clinic volunteers and community partners!

Last updated May 29, 2015