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What Is GeorgiaLegalAid.org?

GeorgiaLegalAid.org is a statewide web site that provides five kinds of law-related information to the public: (1) legal information to help Georgians help themselves with their legal problems in 25 different areas of the law, (2) legal forms that Georgians may file with the courts and with government agencies, (3) information about legal service organizations, pro bono programs and lawyer referral programs that provide free and low-cost legal services to Georgians with limited incomes, (4) information about the courts in Georgia, and (5) information about social service organizations and agencies that can help Georgians find clothing, shelter, food, health care, public benefits and other necessary resources.

Zip code and county

Enter the zip code or county of the person who needs help.

Can I get help if my income is larger than the guidelines?

Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors, people who are HIV positive, or people experiencing domestic violence.  Some organizations also take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts.

Income Guidelines

Some organizations cannot serve people with incomes higher than their guidelines.  Income guidelines use either a percentage of the federal poverty income amount (example: $18,000/year).  GeorgiaLegalAid.org does not guarantee assistance from an organization even if you meet its income guidelines.

Percentages of the Federal Poverty Level

The income guidelines most often used by legal services organizations are 125% to 200% of the federal poverty level. The amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar. "Family size" is the total number of people in the household.

Types of Representation

There are several different ways in which an organization can provide help:

  • Full Representation - by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency

  • Brief Advice - in person or over the telephone

  • Legal Clinic - where you can briefly talk to an attorney about your legal problem

  • Pro Se Clinics - where you are shown how you can "help yourself" with a particular legal problem

  • Self-Help - educational materials such as factsheets and brochures

  • Other - workshops, referrals to private attorneys, and other services

Note: Not all organizations provide all the services listed.

Special Groups

Some organizations only serve special groups such as:

  • Children

  • Seniors

  • People who are HIV positive or related to those with HIV.

  • People experiencing domestic violence.

Be sure to look at these other requirements carefully before contacting an organization.