Last updated: October 31, 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 residents in the “Peach Capital.” The main ways are through legal assistance programs such as Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, a nonprofit legal organization providing free legal aid to low-income residents and seniors, or through the 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: Adoption, Bankruptcy, Child support Collection / Modification, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Driver's License Problems, Eviction, Foreclosure, Garnishment, Guardianship, Landlord Repairs, Paternity, Public Housing, Social Security Disability Income & Overpayments, Tax
Good to Know: This agency takes cases from Davidson and Williamson counties only. They do not handle criminal cases, but will assist domestic violence victims.
Good to Know: The Bar Association conducts a public Dial-A-Lawyer program on the first Tuesday of each month, between 6pm and 8pm. Volunteer attorneys from the Nashville Bar Association answer your general legal questions.
Areas of Law: Disability, Domestic Violence, Abuse, Neglect, Public Benefits
Good to Know: This is a statewide service providing assistance and referrals to legal service agencies. Call to learn intake procedures.
Areas of Law: Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault
Good to Know: YMCA provides services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Programs include Crisis Services, hospital advocacy, shelter, counseling, support groups, and an empowerment program. They will also help you fill out court forms and accompany you to court.
Good to Know: Legal help for low-wage workers to recover wages and improve workplace conditions.
Good to Know: This agency assists low-income families with access to health care, particularly with the Affordable Healthcare Act and policy issues and civil cases in which basic necessities are at stake.
Area of Law: Immigration, Naturalization
Good to Know: This organization provides low-cost legal representation for those persons submitting an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).
Area of Law: Immigration
Good to Know: This is a free legal services to migrant and seasonal farm workers.
The Nashville office serves the following states: Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas.
Area of Law: Artists Rights, Nonprofit, Contracts, Copyright issues
Good to Know: VLPA helps both artists and arts organization.
Areas of Law: Civil, Criminal
Good to Know: The clinic provides free representation for a limited number of individuals and organizations that could not otherwise afford representation. Cases are only accepted certain times of the year. Call for consideration.