Free Legal Aid in Anchorage

Last updated: September 26, 2013

Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many options for free or low-cost legal services for residents of the Municipality of Anchorage. The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, a nonprofit law firm providing legal aid to low-income Alaskans, or through a unique program facilitated by the Alaska State Bar that provides “unbundled legal services” to qualified individuals. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Below is a list of several organizations available to help you.

General Law

  • American Civil Liberties Union

    Anchorage Regional Office, 1057 W. Fireweed Lane, Suite 207
    Anchorage
    , AK 99503

    Tel: (907) 276-2258

    Areas of Law: Criminal Justice, Cyber Liberties, Discrimination, Election and Voting, Free Speech, LGBT Rights, Immigrant Rights, National Security, Police Practices, Poverty Rights, Prisons, Privacy, Reproductive Freedom and Youth Rights.

    Good to Know: The ACLU does not usually assist in the following types of cases: criminal defense or post-conviction appeals, divorce or child custody disputes, property disputes, tax problems, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges.

  • Alaska Legal Services Corporation

    Anchorage Law Office, 1016 West Sixth Avenue, Suite 200
    Anchorage
    , AK 99501

    Tel: (907) 272-9431

    Areas of Law: Consumer, Education, Employment, Family Law, Juvenile, Health Care, Housing, Public Benefits, Individual Rights, and other miscellaneous cases.

    Good to Know: This is the main provider of low-cost legal aid in the state. ALSC is prohibited from handling certain types of representation: (1) class actions; (2) criminal defense; (3) representation of prisoners in any type of case; (4) representation of undocumented non-citizens, with an exception if the case involves domestic violence or trafficking.

  • Alaska Lawyer Referral Service

    840 K Street, Suite 100
    Anchorage
    , AK 99501

    Tel: (907) 272-0352

    Areas of Law: Bankruptcy, Business, Consumer, Criminal, Employment, Estate Planning, Family, Immigration, Personal Injury, Real Estate and more. Click here for a complete list.

    Good to Know: The Alaska Lawyer Referral Service is comprised of lawyers who have signed up to be listed on a state bar approved list. These attorneys are not free, but will provide a 30-minute consultation for $125.

Disability Rights

  • Disability Law Center of Alaska

    3330 Arctic Blvd., Suite 103
    Anchorage
    , AK 99503

    Tel: (907) 565-1002

    Good to Know: This office handles disability-related issues including social security benefits, employment discrimination, Medicaid/Medicare appeals, housing discrimination, financial exploitation, access to appropriate special education programs, physical barriers/access to businesses or services and access to voting.

Domestic Violence

  • Alaskan Native Justice Center

    3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 264
    Anchorage
    , AK 99508

    Tel: (907) 793-3550

    Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Family Law

    Good to Know: The ANJC provides advocacy and support services to low-income victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Family Law

  • Family Law Self Help Center


    Anchorage
    , AK

    Tel: (907) 264-0851

    Areas of Law: Abuse, Health Care, Public Benefits

    Good to Know: The Self-Help Center does not provide legal advice or represent you in court. Staff does not see clients in the office, but only provides legal help on the phone.

Immigration Law

  • Alaska Immigration Justice Project

    431 West 7th Ave, Suite 208
    Anchorage
    , AK 99501

    Tel: (907) 279-2457

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Asylum, Citizenship,  Deportation defense, Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault/Human Trafficking, Employment Visas, Family-Based Visa Petitions, Detainees Rights.

    Good to Know: Call the office to schedule an individual consultation.

Veterans

  • American Legion-Alaska Service Office

    1201 N. Muldoon Road, Room 2A 215
    Anchorage
    , AK 99508

    Tel: (907) 257-4802

    Areas of Law: Public Benefits, Housing, Pension

    Good to Know: The office provides assistance to veterans, their families’ dependents, and widows in working with the Veterans Administration and filing for benefits. They provide benefits experts to assist in processing veteran claims for compensation, pension, medical care, education, job training, employment, veterans preference, housing, death and burial benefits, and other benefits.

Limited Legal Representation

  • Unbundled Legal Services

    840 K Street, Suite 100
    Anchorage
    , AK 99501

    Tel: (907) 272-7469

    Good to Know: The Alaska State Bar keeps a list of attorneys who provide limited legal services to clients. This is called "unbundled services." Basically instead of hiring an attorney for full representation, the client would hire the attorney to perform a specific service that they both agree upon. Fees vary based upon the individual lawyer. Examples of the services include:

    • Giving legal advice and strategizing for the case
    • Reviewing correspondence and court papers
    • Preparing documents to be filed in the court
    • Negotiating with the opposing party or their attorney
    • Doing legal research and analysis
    • Planning for court appearances