Legal Aid

The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program
The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program provides free legal assistance to help improve the lives of people in Skagit County by relying upon the volunteer services of local attorneys. The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program was founded in 1986 and is a partnership of the Skagit County Bar Association and Community Action of Skagit County. Attorneys interested in volunteering can contact the Volunteer Lawyer Program Manager Andy Dugan or register here.

Skagit County attorneys provide civic legal assistance in the following areas of law ranging from advice and consultation, brief services and direct representation: 

  • Family Law (dissolution of marriage (divorce), parenting plans, child or spousal support, etc.)
  • Eviction and Other Serious Landlord/Tenant Issues (See paragraph below)
  • Advanced Planning Documents, including Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives, Wills and Estates
  • Consumer Debt Issues
  • Real Property/Homeownership Issues
  • Criminal Record Sealing
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Applications and Renewals

Who is Eligible?

You may be eligible for assistance through the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program if the following apply:

  • You reside in and have a civil legal issue in Skagit County.
  • You have a civil (non-criminal legal) issue (criminal record sealing excluded).
  • You do not already have an attorney for your legal issue.
  • Your gross income (before taxes) is below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines:
Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly
1 $25,760 $2,146 $495
2 $34,840 $2,903 $670
3 $43,920 $3,660 $845
4 $53,000 $4,417 $1,019
5 $62,080 $5,173 $1,193
6 $71,160 $5,930 $1,368
7 $80,240 $6,687 $1,543
8 $89,320 $7,443 $1,718
Each Add’l $9,080 $757 $175

How to Apply for Help

Interpreters are Available.

  1. Eviction and Imminent Landlord/ Tenant Issues- Apply Online, Email HJP@communityactionskagit.org, or Call (360) 588-5316 to seek assistance from the Housing Justice Project.
  2. East County Residents Only – Call the Community Action East County Resource Center at (360) 416-1733 and request an appointment at an upcoming Concrete Clinic.
  3. Farmworkers and their Families – Call the CCS Farmworker Center at (360) 424-8655 and request an appointment at an upcoming Farmworker Clinic. Interpreters are available.
  4. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) WorkshopsApply Online or Call/Text (360) 230-8031 and leave a message to be scheduled for an upcoming workshop.
  5. All Other Civil Legal Concerns (including Family Related Issues)Apply Online or Call the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) toll-free at 1 (888) 201-1014. Because of limited staffing CLEAR staff can only answer phones between 9:15 am and 12:15 pm, Monday through Friday. Start calling right at 9:15 a.m.! You might have to try several times over a couple of days before you get through to CLEAR staff. If you are over 60, you should contact CLEAR Senior. That toll-free number is 1-888-387-7111. CLEAR will first determine your income eligibility for assistance under program standards. You do not have to be low income to get advice from CLEAR Senior. When you call CLEAR, you may be able to talk to an attorney over the phone who will link you with the best available free legal resource for your situation.

If you are not able to apply online or get through to CLEAR after calling several times, please contact the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program at 360-416-7585.

Eviction Defence

Housing Justice Project
The Housing Justice Project is an exception where it is not strongly encouraged to first contact CLEAR. The Housing Justice Project provides the following services:

  • Advises tenants facing eviction or other serious rental housing issues
  • Helps answering eviction paperwork
  • Negotiates with landlords for tenants facing eviction
  • Represents tenants at eviction (show cause) hearings
  • Provides resource information

Who we serve: Low-income tenants residing in Skagit County. Residential tenants only—no business tenants or homeowners.

Where: Virtually every Friday morning during the Skagit County Superior Court’s civil motion calendar. Information about how to access these hearings is located on the Skagit County Superior Court’s website.

When: Friday morning at 9:30 am during the Skagit Court Superior Court’s virtual civil motion calendar. If the hearing is conducted by telephone or video conference, you may be able to request a continuance in order to speak with a volunteer attorney.

How to Contact Us Before Your Hearing: Email HJP@communityactionskagit.org or call (360) 588-5316. Please leave a message with your name, phone number, and email. Please have as much of your paperwork available as possible! This includes your lease agreement, rent receipts, any paperwork from the landlord or landlord’s attorney, letters or emails to or from the landlord or to landlord’s attorney, and photos if applicable.

East County

Concrete Clinics
Who We Serve: Local East County residents who otherwise are eligible to receive services from the East County Campus. Residents can request a legal clinic appointment about a variety of civil legal issues.

Where: East County Resource Center

When: Every 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month from 9am-3pm. Prescreened clients visit the Resource Center to use provided computers to virtually meet with off site volunteer attorneys.

How to Request an Appointment: Call the Community Action East County Resource Center at (360) 416-1733 and request an appointment at an upcoming Concrete Clinic.

Farm Workers

Las Clinicas Legales Remotas para Trabajadores del Campo
Who We Serve: Farmworkers and their families who otherwise are eligible to receive services from the CCS Farmworker Center. Individuals can request a legal clinic appointment about a variety of civil legal issues.

Where: CCS Farmworker Center

When: 1st Wednesday of every month from 12pm – 8pm. Prescreened clients visit the Farmworker Center to use provided computers to virtually meet with off site volunteer attorneys.

How to Request an Appointment:
Call the Farmworker Center at (360) 424-8655 and request an appointment at an upcoming Clinic.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Virtual Legal Workshops
Financially eligible applicants will be scheduled for an upcoming FREE Virtual Workshop where immigrations attorneys will review the DACA guidance and explain how to complete the necessary forms. All registrants will be provided additional resources about financial assistance and necessary documents to support an application or renewal.

Workshop 1: Detailed DACA overview and form explanation by an immigration attorney followed by brief one-on-one Q&A sessions in virtual breakout rooms.

Workshop 2: Optional follow up virtual appointment where volunteer attorneys review DACA applications for completeness prior to submitting the application yourself

Workshop Security: Only pre-registered applicants will receive meeting credentials. Additional information about security measures will be provided after successfully registering for the Workshops.

Who We Serve: Students, farmworkers, or anyone in Skagit or San Juan County who otherwise meets income eligibility requirements and who can answer YES to the following:
Age 15 or Older on Date of Application (unless Prior Removal Proceedings);

  • Entered U.S. before age 16 and on/before June 15, 2007;
  • Born on/after June 15, 1981;
  • Physically Present in the U.S. on June 15, 2012;
  • Continued Physical Presence between August 15, 2012 and the Present;
  • Residence Established in the U.S. on/before June 15, 2007 to the Present (No Deportations or Removals between June 15, 2007 and the Present);
  • In School (Elementary through High School or GED Program) OR Completed High School or GED OR Military or Coast Guard Program;
  • No Disqualifying Issues – No Felonies or Significant Misdemeanors, DUI, Gang Affiliations.

Where: Virtual
When:
Workshop 1: COMING SOON
Workshop 2: COMING SOON 

How to Apply: Online HERE. (Preferred Method) – Review or watch video for easy step-by-step instructions.

Important tips for Online Application:
❏ Available in Spanish.
❏ Legal Problem – Select Immigration and then DACA Applications or Renewals (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
❏ Referral – Select Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program at the conclusion of the application.

No additional call should be necessary prior to receiving scheduling requests for a Virtual Workshop.

Phone: Call or Text (360)  230-8031. Leave a message including your:

  • Name,
  • City of residence,
  • Income,
  • Total number of people living in your household,
  • Preferred language to communicate, and
  • Best time(s) to reach you.

VLP Staff or Volunteers will return your call to obtain additional information before scheduling a Virtual Workshop appointment. Interpreters are available.

Legal Resources

Legal Service Providers

Northwest Justice Project – CLEAR Hotline: 1-888-201-1014. Provides legal information, advice and referrals to low-income people and seniors in Washington State.

Office of Assigned Counsel, Skagit: Determines eligibility for public defense for certain criminal and certain civil legal issues.

Skagit Family Law Facilitator: Provides assistance, coordination, development and direction of services relating to family law issues for unrepresented litigants.

Skagit Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services: Provides legal assistance with protection orders and restraining orders as well as other emergency services to survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault.

Catholic Community Services – Immigration Legal Services: Provides legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, and Snohomish counties.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project: Provides immigration assistance to residents of Washington State.

Legal Information

Washington Law Help: Self help materials and information about legal problems in Washington State, including do-it-yourself forms.

Skagit County Bar Association: Directory of Skagit County Attorneys including areas of practice.

Washington Courts: Provides case information, court rules, and contact information for all Washington Courts.

Washington Court Forms: Provides forms that are used statewide in Washington Courts.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Provides information about filing for bankruptcy in Washington State. Provides instructions for people filing bankruptcy without an attorney.

4th Corner Network Directories: Attorney Directories for Skagit, Whatcom and Island Counties

Washington State Bar Association: Provides a directory of all attorneys licensed to practice in the state of Washington, information about legal resources, and information about attorney discipline and complaints.

Questions / Preguntas

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7585.
Para preguntas, por favor llame a Community Action a 360-416-7585.