Last updated: December 6, 2013
Fayetteville, a city in Cumberland County best known as home to Fort Bragg and being dubbed an “All-America City” three times by the National Civic League. If you have a legal issue in the Fayetteville area, but can’t afford to hire an attorney, you’ve come to the right place. Findlaw has assembled a list of free or low-cost legal service options.
One of the main providers is Legal Aid of North Carolina, a nonprofit legal aid organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors. 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.
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. Requests for legal assistance must be submitted online.
Areas of Law: Housing, Government Benefits, Consumer, Employee Rights, Custody, Guardianship, and Simple Estates
Good to Know: Volunteer lawyers provide brief telephone advice to North Carolina residents. Call to learn dates and times.
Areas of Law: Civil, Family, Housing, Health, Elderly, Children/Youth Issues, Public Benefits, Employment, Education, Individual Rights, Probate, Consumer
Good to Know: This office offers advice/legal counsel for residents of Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties. They do not assist with criminal cases. Applicants must qualify for services under financial guidelines. These guidelines are based on household size, income and assets. Most families who receive government benefits or who have minimum wage jobs are eligible for services.
Areas of Law: Business, Contracts, and Transactional Law
Good to Know: The Bar association provides free legal services to income-qualifying entrepreneurs who are starting or expanding their own businesses. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Foreclosure Prevention
Good to Know: If you have received a 45-day pre-foreclosure notice, SHFPP offers free help, including housing counseling, access to legal services for low-income home owners and assistance working with your servicer. You are eligible for assistance whatever the cause of your pending foreclosure. There are no credit restrictions for this help.
Areas of Law: Civil
Good to Know: This is a free, statewide legal aid hotline for seniors age 60 and over. They provide brief legal consultations in most civil law matters. They do not provide help with criminal law issues. If you have a more complicated matter, they may be able to provide referrals to lawyers in the area.