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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 or at the Law Library; the schedule may change weekly. The Lawhelp Center provides first-come/first-served walk-in assistance for family law issues at the Pierce County Law Library, 930 Tacoma Ave. S. (1st floor of the County-City Building). 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).
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 Last Monday of each month at the Pierce County Law Library is the Bankruptcy Clinic. The Bankruptcy Clinic also 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. THANK YOU to Brown & Seelye for sponsoring and staffing the Bankruptcy Clinic.
Lakewood Pro Bono Clinic at MSM -- Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 at Multicultural Self-Sufficiency Movement (MSM), 3820 Steilacoom Blvd SW. Attendance at the Lakewood Pro Bono Clinic is by appointment only; call MSM at (253) 584-5615. Both Korean and Russian interpreters are available at the MSM clinic, as well as other languages. THANK YOU to MSM for hosting and staffing the Lakewood Pro Bono Clinic and for providing interpreter services to clinic clients.
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 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134.
Home Justice Legal Clinic -- The 4th Wednesday of each month, 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 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 -- First and Third Mondays 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.
Urban Indian Legal Clinic -- Second Tuesday of each month, Noon-1:30 p.m., VLS Office, 621 Tacoma Ave S, Suite 303. 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.
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 email@example.com. 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!
Last updated May 31, 2013