Can’t afford a lawyer? Find out what help is available.

In an ideal world, everyone would have immediate access to the resources they needed and everyone would be treated fairly and well. But that’s not always the case in reality. Sometimes the law can help, but it can be tricky and expensive to navigate. What do you do when you can’t afford legal help?

legal gavelLegal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, a United Way of Williamson County Financial Stability partner, can often help.

Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit law firm that provides a variety of legal resources to protect the livelihood, health, and safety of low-income individuals and families.

Although the firm’s staff and volunteer lawyers can’t help with criminal cases, they offer a range of help in cases related to employment, housing, family and domestic violence, health and benefits, and money.

What types of legal problems could they help with?

  • You are disabled and having problems with your housing
  • You have been turned down for public housing
  • You have been turned down for housing because of your criminal record or credit history
  • You are being evicted
  • You need help to pay for a nursing home
  • You need a durable powers of attorney, durable power of attorney for health care and/or a Living Will
  • You need a court order to make decisions for someone else
  • You need a will
  • A business is treating you in a way that breaks the law
  • You need a divorce to keep yourself and your children safe
  • You need help getting education services for a child

And these are just a few examples of situations when they might be able to help you.

This help could translate into legal representation from a staff or volunteer lawyer, access to self-help resources, or legal advice from a staff or volunteer lawyer.

To find out if Legal Aid Society can help you, visit or call 800-238-1443. You can also stop by one of their free walk-in legal clinics to speak directly with a volunteer attorney.

In Franklin, the Mercy Legal Clinic is held the first Thursday of each month from 4:30-6 p.m. at St. Andrew Lutheran Church (908 Murfreesboro Road). See the full schedule of upcoming walk-in legal clinics.

Jan 30, 2018 | Financial Stability