Last updated: November 1, 2013
Did you know that the populace of the city of Columbia is one of the most highly educated in the country? If you have a legal problem in Columbia, whether you have a Ph.D. in astrophysics or you never graduated high school, some legal problems require professional assistance. This guide to free legal aid in Columbia and nearby cities can help point you in the right direction. Start with Mid-Missouri Legal Services, a non-profit legal aid organization with a myriad of legal resources for income-eligible clients. Then, explore low-cost legal services in nearby cities to find the organization that can best meet your legal needs.
Mid-Missouri Legal Services is a branch of Legal Services of Missouri, a non-profit organization that offers legal services to low-income and elderly people all over the state. Its mission is to improve access to justice in civil (non-criminal) matters to its clients through quality representation. Visit the organizations online Legal Library for forms and information organized by area of law that may be helpful to you. They have a toll-free line at (800) 568-4931.
Samaritan Center is a social services agency with a mission to provide people in Mid-Missouri with services they need to thrive. The Legal Care program provides legal referrals to people who need legal help but cannot afford it. Generally, Legal Care will match eligible applicants with volunteer attorneys who are willing to take cases for free or for a low fee.
The Missouri Bar Association governs the practice of law in the state of Missouri. If you visit the MOBar website, its section for the public contains information and resources that may be helpful to you. The bar association has over 50 Public Information Brochures that contain information about areas of law and how you can represent yourself in legal matters. If you’d like to hire an attorney and don’t know where to start, try the bar association’s Lawyer Referral Service. For a $25 fee, you get a referral to an attorney in your Missouri area and an initial 30-minute consultation.