Last updated: October 3, 2013
So you've got a legal problem, and you’re fairly certain you need a legal professional to handle it. Fortunately, there are organizations in St. Louis that offer free or low-cost legal help to individuals in need. For example, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) serves eligible clients in a variety of legal practice areas. Although, it has office all over Eastern Missouri, LSEM's main office is located in downtown St. Louis. Interested in talking to a private attorney about your case or legal problem? The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis can refer you to a qualified attorney for a consultation. On this page, you'll find information about these St. Louis legal aid services and others so that you can find the help you need.
LSEM provides legal assistance to low-income residents of 21 counties in Eastern Missouri. The organization has a broad range of practice areas, including: family law, immigration law, housing law, public benefits, health law, education law, disability law, consumer law and elder law. LSEM also has a volunteer lawyer program that matches attorneys who have agreed to take cases for free with low-income clients. They also have a toll-free number: 1-800-444-0514.
Gateway Legal Services is a non-profit law firm that operates in St. Louis and Kansas City. It represents low-income disabled people who have been denied social security, disability or other public benefits. The firm also represents consumers who have been subject to abusive debt collection practices. You can reach them toll free at 1-888-782-8380.
As a branch of the Catholic Charities Community Services, Catholic Legal Assistance Ministries offers legal help to families and individuals who cannot afford an attorney. It focuses on family and immigration services.
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL) operates a lawyer referral and information service that matches individuals who need legal aid with attorneys, agencies and services that can help. Call between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday or email the service for a referral or more information.