Last updated: October 17, 2013
Are you having a legal problem, but can’t afford to hire an attorney? There are many free or low-cost legal service options for Dauphin County residents. The main providers are through legal assistance programs such as MidPenn Legal Services, a nonprofit organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through 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. 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. To apply for services, fill out an intake form.
Areas of Law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Education, Employment, Housing, Public Benefits
Good to Know: CJP limits their cases to class action litigation, representation of undocumented immigrants, and actions against the government. Income limits apply.
Areas of Law: Civil, Family Law, Divorce, Name Change, Child Custody
Good to Know: Attorneys and staff at the Self Help Center will not provide legal advice. They can provide general information and legal forms.
Areas of Law: Civil, Domestic Violence, Custody, Housing, Health Care, Consumer, Elder Law, Public Benefits
Good to Know: MidPenn does not handle criminal cases. Income limits apply to qualify for services. This agency can provide advice, referrals, counseling, community education, and legal representation in court.
Areas of Law: Protection From Abuse, Custody, Divorce, Child Support, Spousal Support, Wills/Powers of Attorney
Good to Know: YMCA provides legal advocacy and attorney representation at hearings, assistance drafting court documents and subpoenaing witnesses, obtaining photographs and medical records when appropriate, and legal advocacy and accompaniments for domestic violence-related criminal and civil court proceedings.
Important: If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Areas of Law: Public Benefits, Insurance
Good to Know: PHLP provides free legal help to Pennsylvanians who are seeking health coverage through publicly funded programs, or have been denied a medically necessary service.
Areas of Law: Housing, Landlord/Tenant, Credit/Debt Counseling, Foreclosure
Good to Know: This organization provides counseling and workshops for Dauphin County residents. Call to learn more.
Areas of Law: Asylum, Immigration, Naturalization
Good to Know: This organization provides free/low-cost immigration legal services from volunteer attorneys.
Areas of Law: Civil, Probate, Wills and Trusts
Good to Know: Free legal assistance Legal assistance is available to persons 60 and older with economic or social needs.
Areas of Law: Consumer, Healthcare, Estate Planning, Pensions, Family Law, Housing, Financial, Elder Abuse/Neglect
Good to Know: This is a free statewide telephone advice service for people who are 60 years old and over.
Areas of Law: Civil, Family, Probate
Good to Know: This is a statewide attorney referral service for active military, reservists, and their family members.
Good to Know: The Veterans Law Clinic offers free legal aid to veterans living at 150% of the poverty level or below that have been denied benefits by the Regional Office and wish to take an appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals.