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While our experience or expertise varies across our volunteer pool and from clinic-to-clinic, we are generally able to offer information, referral services, legal advice and occasional representation (depending on availability and resources) for the types of matters listed below. To get help from CLADC, you must first register for one of our legal aid clinics or speak with a CLADC representative, who will verify your eligibility, which typically involves confirming your income level and clearing conflicts checks.


Legal Sevices

We may be able to assist you with the following types of cases or legal problems:



  • Explain basic legal concepts and your legal rights

  • Look up various laws and regulations

  • Review and explain legal documents you have signed or received, including contracts or court orders

  • Help you prepare for representing yourself (called pro se) in a proceeding


Consumer Law

  • Contracts and warranties

  • Debt collection

  • Wrongful repossession of vehicles

  • Wrongful termination of public utilities


Criminal Law (Limited Circumstances)

  • Expungements


Elder Law

  • Wills

  • Health care power of attorney

  • Financial power of attorney



  • Inability to obtain or maintain employment due to criminal records, credit records, and child support arrears

  • Recovering unpaid wages such as wages below minimum wage or unpaid overtime or tips

  • Employment discrimination/harassment


Housing issues

  • Housing subsidies/vouchers

  • Evictions

  • Poor housing conditions

  • Accommodations for disabilities

  • Utility disconnections

  • Denial of emergency assistance


Immigration (Limited Circumstances)

  • Asylum applications

  • Employment authorizations

  • Filings with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)


Public benefits

  • Food stamps

  • Unemployment benefits

  • Health care

  • Social Security Income (SSI) / Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application

  • Medicaid/Medicare

  • Veterans' benefits

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program


Legal issues for which we can help provide referrals:

While our volunteer attorneys may provide advice on all types of matters, we generally refer people with the following types of cases to outside attorneys or law offices:

  • Adoptions

  • Child custody

  • Child support

  • Divorce

  • Immigration (visa applications and other general issues)

  • Medical Malpractice

  • Personal Injury




Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee attorney representation or that we, or anyone else working with us, including those in our referral network, can favorably resolve your situation.

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