Last updated: December 12, 2013
Do you have a legal issue, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Lane county residents. Your main options are through legal assistance programs such as the Lane County Legal Aid and Advocacy Center, a non-profit law firm with over 40 years of experience in serving the legal needs of Lane County's low-income residents.
Alternatively, you may be able to find assistance through other programs run by law school clinics. There may be income limits that apply for you to qualify for free/low-cost help. Contact the specific agency to learn more. Check out the list below for information about each agency, the areas of law it can help with, and more.
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 issue, consumer complaints, landlord-tenant disputes, building code issues and complaints about lawyers or judges. Click here to submit an online request for legal services.
Areas of Law: Civil
Good to Know: This agency provides direct legal services free of charge to those who qualify based on income guidelines. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Criminal, Consumer, Family, and Landlord/Tenant
Good to Know: This is a legal referral service run by the Oregon State Bar for middle-income persons. They assist people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate.
Areas of Law: Child Support, Payments
Good to Know: This is a free statewide legal hotline that can provide you with brief information and help regarding child support issues. The hotline operates during limited hours. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Stalking
Good to Know: This organization helps low-income persons with restraining orders, family law issues, and other civil legal matters related to your situation.
Important: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Area of Law: Public Benefits
Good to Know: This is a free statewide legal hotline that can provide you with brief information and help regarding public benefits issues. The hotline operates during limited hours. Call to learn more.
Area of Law: Senior Legal Issues
Good to Know: To qualify for legal services you must be 60 years of age or older. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Environmental, Small Business, Small Claims Mediation, Probate Mediation
Good to Know: The Law School runs several clinics in the Eugene area. Call to learn more. Law professors and law students provide free legal services to a limited number of clients. Call to learn more.