Updated: May 30, 2024

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Frequently Asked Questions about finding legal help in Washington state, also in Spanish and Chinese.


Legal help

Free Legal Help

CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) assists low-income Washington residents with civil legal problems. Apply online for free legal help, or call one of the toll-free numbers below: 

If you are located inside King County, call the 211 Legal Referral and Information Hotline Monday through Friday 8 a.m.–6 p.m. 

If you are located outside King County, call CLEAR toll-free at 888-201-1014  Monday through Friday 9:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. 

Facing Eviction? Call 1-855-657-8387

Facing Foreclosure? Call 1-800-606-4819


Volunteer Lawyer Programs

Many Washington counties have volunteer programs that can connect people with civil legal problems to a pro bono attorney.


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Reduced-Fee Legal Help

Moderate Means Program is a referral program that connects moderate income clients who might not qualify for free legal help, but cannot afford to pay full price for legal services. The Moderate Means Program assists with family, housing, consumer, and unemployment law issues. 

Apply online or call 855-741-6930 to request a referral to a legal professional that offers reduced fees to moderate-income clients

Visit ModerateMeansWA.org for more information

Family Law Matters

For family law matters, consider a limited license legal technician (LLLT). Washington is the first state in the nation to offer this new option for reduced-cost legal representation.

Real Estate Closings

For real estate closings, learn about the role of a limited practice officer (LPO).

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Local Attorney Referral Services

Local County Bar Association Referral Services:

Clark CountyKing CountyMason CountySan Juan County (email to request referral),  Snohomish CountySpokane CountyTacoma-Pierce CountyThurston County

American Bar Association's Referral Directory

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Self-Help Legal Resources

Washington Law Help provides forms, tools, and basic information on a range of legal problems. They can also provide information about how to represent yourself in court for certain legal issues. 

Northwest Justice Project YouTube channel offers legal information on a range of issues.

The Law Links page contains links to online legal resources, government and judicial resources, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions about finding legal help in Washington state, also in Spanish and Chinese.

Please note: WSBA does not provide legal advice or referrals to private attorneys. Below are resources for you to connect with and find an attorney that is right for your situation.