The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Skagit County.   The Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program relies on the volunteer services of local attorneys.  Each year, Skagit County attorneys provide a range of legal assistance including advice and consultation, brief services and direct representation on a variety of civil legal issues.

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. 

The Volunteer Lawyer Program Provides Legal Assistance in the Following Subject Areas:

  • Family Law (dissolution of marriage (divorce), parenting plans, support, etc.)
  • Eviction and Other Serious Landlord/Tenant Issues (See paragraph below)
  • Wills and Estates
  • Consumer and Debt Issues
  • Real Property/Homeownership Issues
  • Juvenile Record Sealing

 

Who is Eligible?

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

  • You reside in or have a civil legal issue in Skagit County.
  • You have a civil (non-criminal legal) issue.
  • 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

$23,760

$1,980

$457

2

$32,040

$2,670

$616

3

$40,320

$3,360

$775

4

$48,600

$4,050

$935

5

$56,880

$4,740

$1,094

6

$65,160

$5,430

$1,253

7

$73,460

$6,122

$1,413

8

$81,780

$6,815

$1,573

Each Add'l

$8,320

$693

$160

 

 

How to Apply for Help

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 get through to CLEAR after calling multiple times, please contact the Skagit Volunteer Lawyer Program at 360-416-7585.

 

Eviction Defense

Housing Justice Project (Eviction Defense):

The Housing Justice Project is one exception where it is not required to first contact CLEAR.  The Housing Justice Project provides advice for tenants facing eviction or other serious rental housing issues; Help answering eviction paperwork; Negotiations with landlords for tenants facing eviction; Representation of tenants at eviction (show cause) hearings; and provide resource information.

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

Where: Skagit County Superior Court, 3rd floor
 205 W Kincaid St
 Mount Vernon, WA 98273

When: Check in on Fridays 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. if you have a hearing.  All others may check in on Fridays at 10:00 a.m.  No appointment necessary! 

How to Prepare: Bring all paperwork with you! 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.

 

Legal Resources

Legal Services Providers:

Northwest Justice Project – CLEAR Hotline: 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 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.

Island County Volunteer Lawyer Program: Provides civil legal assistance for residents of Island County or people with legal issues in Island County.

Snohomish County Legal Services: Provides civil legal assistance for residents of Snohomish County.

LAW Advocates: Provides civil legal assistance for residents of Whatcom County or people with legal issues in Whatcom County.

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:

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

Washington Law Help: Self help materials and information about legal problems in Washington State.

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.

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Questions

For questions, please call Community Action at 360-416-7585.