Last updated: December 9, 2013
Lafayette is known for its local flavor, including its world-renowned Cajun food, delicious Borden’s ice cream, and dozens of local daiquiri stores. Sadly, an expensive legal problem is enough to make anyone lose his appetite.
Fortunately for Lafayette residents, there are several legal aid organizations that offer free or low-cost legal services to people who can’t afford to hire private attorneys. Acadiana Legal Services Corporation, one of the largest legal aid providers in the state, is headquartered in Lafayette and offers representation in a variety of practice areas. Other organizations focus on specific types of legal issues. Whatever your legal problem, if you can’t afford to hire an attorney in Lafayette, this guide can point you to organizations that may be able to help.
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation is a non-profit law firm that provides free representation to low-income clients in civil (non-criminal) legal matters. ALSC serves over 15 Louisiana parishes, but its headquarters is located in Lafayette. The firm handles many types of legal matters, including consumer law, education law, family law, child advocacy, health law, housing law, administrative law, civil rights issues, and more. ALSC’s website also has self-help resources and information available to view or download. They also have a toll free number (800) 256-1175.
The Advocacy Center for the Elderly and Disabled is a federally funded non-profit organization that helps elderly and disabled people with common issues that they face. The Center provides advocacy in the following legal areas: disability rights, public benefits, housing rights, age and disability discrimination, institutional rights, special education and employment rights. They also have a toll free number at: (800) 960-7705.
The Lafayette Bar Association Community Resources page has several tools for Lafayette residents looking for legal assistance. If you are in search of a licensed attorney who practices in a specific area of law, the bar association offers an online lawyer referral service. LBA partners with Acadiana Legal Services to match volunteer attorneys with individuals who need low cost legal representation. The bar association also offers free legal seminars periodically, and has programs for homeless individuals and domestic violence survivors.