Free Legal Aid in Kansas City

Last updated: October 11, 2013

Do you have a legal issue in the Kansas City Metropolitan area, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? Whether you live in Missouri or the state of Kansas, there are several free or low-cost legal service options for KC residents. The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as Legal Aid of Western Missouri, a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors in Missouri, or through Kansas Legal Services located in Kansas. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost 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 of Kansas and Missouri

    3601 Main Street
    Kansas City
    , MO 64111

    Tel: (816) 756-3113

    Areas of Law: Discrimination, Election and Voting, Freedom Speech, Freedom of Religion, Immigration Rights, LGBT Rights, Privacy, Police Practices, Jail and Prison Conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.

    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, workers compensation issues, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. For assistance, fill out an intake form.

  • Kansas Legal Services

    400 State Avenue, Suite 1015
    Kansas City
    , KS 66101

    Tel: (913) 621-0200

    Areas of Law: Consumer/Financial, Housing, Elder Law, Education, Juvenile, Employment, Family, Native American Issues, Health, and Immigration

    Good to Know: KLS is a statewide legal service provider for income-eligible clients. Fill out the intake form online or call for more information.

  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri (Central Office)

    1125 Grand Boulevard, #1900
    Kansas City
    , MO 64106

    Tel: (816) 474-6750

    Areas of Law: Public Benefits, Domestic Violence, Family Law, Housing, Economic Development, Aids Legal Assistance, Consumer, Immigration, Migrant Workers, Municipal Court Defense

    Good to Know: LAWMo provides free legal aid through direct representation and various legal clinics to those who qualify based on income. The office will not respond to email requests for assistance. Call to learn more. 

Domestic Violence

  • SAFEHOME

    P.O. Box 4563
    Overland Park
    , KS 66204

    Tel: (913) 378-1540

    Area of Law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Education, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Public Benefits, Child protection, Civil protection orders: Initial proceeding, Civil protection orders: Contempt/Enforcement, Elder abuse

    Good to Know: Attorneys may represent persons involved in or referred by another SAFEHOME program in civil legal matters, including protection orders, divorce and paternity. Call to learn more.

Immigration Law

  • Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas - La Luz Center for Legal Assistance

    2220 Central Avenue
    Kansas City
    , KS 66102

    Tel: (913) 621-1504

    Area of Law: Domestic Violence, Immigration, and Naturalization

    Good to Know: This organization provides low cost legal representation to refugee and immigrant populations in the following Kansas counties Douglas, Johnson, and Wyandotte.

  • The Clinic (Sharma-Crawford Law Offices)

    515 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez
    Kansas City
    , MO 64108

    Tel: (816) 994-2300

    Areas of Law: Immigration, Deportation/Removal Proceedings

    Good to Know: The Clinic provides free or discounted fees for legal services to qualifying individuals in immigration removal proceedings based on income levels. Depending on eligibility, some services may require a nominal fee.

Law School Clinics

  • University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law

    500 East 52nd Street
    Kansas City
    , MO 64110

    Tel: (816) 235-1657

    Areas of Law: Child and Family Services, Guardian ad Litem, Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, Tax Clinic, The Midwestern Innocence Project

    Good to Know: Students represent clients under supervision. Restrictions apply. Call the individual program listed below to learn more:

    Family Services: (816) 235-6336
    Guardian ad Litem: (816) 235-6298
    Entrepreneurial: (816) 235-6341
    Tax: (816) 235-6201
    Innocence Project: (816) 235-1644