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Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.

 

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri

The ACLU of Missouri is a public-interest law firm that principally addresses issues arising only in Missouri that involve challenges to a government law, policy or practice affecting the constitutional rights — that is, the civil liberties and civil rights — of a significant number of people. Almost all of our cases involve constitutional issues, and because the United States Constitution and Missouri Constitution protect only against unlawful government action, we rarely take on disputes involving private companies.

 

ArchCity Defenders

ArchCity Defenders (ACD) is a 501(c)3 non-profit civil rights law firm providing holistic legal advocacy and combating the criminalization of poverty and state violence against poor people and people of color. ACD uses direct services, impact litigation, and policy and media advocacy as its primary tools to promote justice, protect civil and human rights, and bring about systemic change on behalf of the poor and communities of color directly impacted by the abuses of the legal system.

 

St. Louis Bankruptcy Pro Se Assistance Program

The Pro Se Assistance Program (PSAP) is a free legal clinic designed to help individuals without an attorney to answer legal questions about bankruptcy, including how bankruptcy may be used to help prevent foreclosure. The PSAP provides debtors with an opportunity to meet with a volunteer private attorney for a free 30-minute consultation.

 

Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry

Founded in 1987, the Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM) provides exceptional pro bono legal services and equal access justice to the poor and marginalized in civil matters throughout the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. CLAM provides legal representation in civil matters to impoverished people who cannot afford to hire an attorney, including family law matters, immigration, veterans advocacy, and equal housing.

 

St. Louis Federal Court Legal Advice Clinic

The Federal Court Legal Advice Clinic ("Clinic") is a free legal clinic, located at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse in St. Louis, designed to help individuals without an attorney get answers to legal questions about filing a civil case in the federal district court. The clinic provides self-represented (a.k.a, pro se) litigants with an opportunity to meet with a volunteer private attorney for a free 30-minute consultation.

 

Immigrant Power of Attorney Workshops

These workshops, coordinated by Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry, M.I.C.A. Project, and Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates, are targeted to members of the immigrant community, and are spaces where people will be able to work with a volunteer attorney to complete a Power of Attorney form to designate someone to take care of their property or care for their children if, for some reason, they are unable to do so.

 

The Kaufman Fund Veterans Legal Referral Program

If you're a veteran and need legal help in St. Louis City, St. Louis County or St. Charles County, The Kaufman Fund Legal Referral Program and our partners may be able to help you. We have partnered with support agencies and attorneys willing to assist veterans needing legal assistance in the locations described above.

 

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation

Land of Lincoln provides free civil legal services to eligible low-income residents and seniors in 65 counties in Central and Southern Illinois. We handle only certain kinds of civil cases. The kind of help we provide ranges from telephone advice or brief service, to representation in court or at administrative hearings.

 

Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW)

The Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW) program provides the only domestic violence program that partners with law enforcement and criminal court systems to break the cycle of violence at the earliest possible stage. LAAW serves St. Louis City and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Franklin.

 

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM)

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provides free civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and the elderly in 21 counties of eastern Missouri.

 

Military Legal Assistance Team

The Missouri Attorney General’s Military Legal Assistance Team (MLAT) is a statewide program bringing together private attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation and education to our military communities.

The MLAT provides pro bono legal assistance to servicemembers and veterans in Missouri for qualifying legal matters. The program also offers educational opportunities for Missouri servicemembers, veterans, and businesses. The MLAT is Missouri's first statewide attorney general-led program offering our military communities access to pro bono civil legal services.

 

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA)

VLAA offers legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal and accounting problems.

DID YOU KNOW?

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