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Legal Advice Clinics

Tacomaprobono 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. When you contact us for an appointment, you will be screened for conflicts and eligibility for low-income legal services. If eligible, our intake specialist will then complete intake information for you.

If you are not sure whether you qualify for low-income services or have other questions about eligibility, please feel free to call (253) 572-5134 or walk in during office hours to ask us about your individual case. Even if you do not qualify for one of our programs, it is likely that we will 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 need help before your appointment, call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014, contact us at (253) 572-5134, come to our office during intake hours, Monday-Thursday 9-4 (closed for lunch 12-1), or look at the Walk-In Clinic schedule to find a walk-in clinic time that works for you.

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 our phone interpreter service and will provide a free interpreter for your appointment. Services available include most languages and ASL interpreters. Call VLS at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

Family Law Walk-in Clinics -- Family Law Walk-in Clinics are available on a flexible schedule; check the calendar link on our home page for the latest information. When you arrive for the walk-in clinic, please be prepared to be checked for possible case conflicts and be aware that, although this is not a common occurrence, if a conflict exists you may not be able to receive services at the walk-in clinic. Remember that 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 $20 charge for each appointment but no income eligibility requirement).

Housing Justice Project -- Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Pierce County Courthouse. If you have an eviction hearing HJP volunteer attorneys may be able to represent you or help negotiate with opposing counsel. Low-income tenants only. For other landlord-tenant issues such as repairs, moveouts, deposits, lockouts, etc., please call Tacomaprobono at (253) 572-5134 to be scheduled for an appointment.

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 by appointment only, for low-income clients only. Please call us at 572-5134 to make an appointment. All areas of civil law are accepted. THANK YOU to Gordon Thomas Honeywell for sponsoring and staffing the first clinic evening each month of the Neighborhood Legal Clinic.

NEW! Adult Guardianship Clinics -- Guardianship Petitions (starting the guardianship process), 3rd Thursday of each month at 2 p.m., Guardianship Reports & Accounting (for existing guardians), 4th Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Call the Tacomaprobono message line at (253) 572-5134 or visit our office for screening and to make an appointment. Thanks to the TPCBA Guardianship Committee and Neil & Neil PS for their leadership in developing and sustaining the Adult Guardianship Clinics!

NEW! Immigration Clinic -- 2nd Tuesday of each month, 9:30 a.m. at Tacomaprobono. Clients receive advice and counsel regarding immigration matters. Please call (253) 572-5134 for an appointment.

Native American Legal Aid Program -- This program assists Puyallup Tribal Members and Urban Indian People in Pierce County, free of charge, with a wide variety of legal issues. To make an appointment please call the Native American Legal Aid Program Message Line at (253) 244-7718 or e-mail andrea@tacomaprobono.org. Referrals may be sent to referrals@tacomaprobono.org. NALAP is a program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Foundation, funded by the Puyallup Tribe of Indians.

Bankruptcy Clinics -- The 3rd Tuesday and 4th Wednesday of each month at Tacomaprobono. The Bankruptcy Clinic begins at 6 p.m. Call Tacomaprobono for an appointment, and be prepared to bring with you identification, a current list of debts or credit report, and proof of income.

USO/RallyPoint/6 Free Legal Clinic for Veterans, Active Service Members, Spouses and Family Members -- 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, at the USO/RallyPoint/6 Lakewood location, 9881 Bridgeport Way SW (directly behind the Black Angus Restaurant). Call Tacomaprobono at (253) 572-5134 or USO at (253) 777-0556 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 (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 Tacomaprobono at (253) 572-5134 to make an appointment.

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 3rd Tuesday evening of each month, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call (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 Northwest Justice Project's Foreclosure Prevention Unit Tacoma attorneys for their cooperation with this clinic!

The 3rd Thursday Wills Clinic -- Third Thursday of each month, at Tacomaprobono, 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.

Pierce County AIDS Foundation Wills Project -- Third Thursday of each month, at the Pierce County AIDS Foundation, 2-4 p.m. Sponsored by Tacomaprobono 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 Tacomaprobono directly at (253) 572-5134 for help.

Record Expungement, Driver Relicensing and Juvenile Record Sealing Clinics -- Fourth Monday of each month, 6-8 p.m., 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Suite 303. Call (253) 572-5134 for more information or to make an appointment.

Thank You to all our clinic volunteers and community partners!

Last updated March 8, 2018