Civil Legal Issues

General Civil Legal Issues
Includes: benefits, employment, family and domestic violence, housing including tenant and foreclosure, immigration, children and youth issues, elder issues, veterans issues, health care, and other civil legal issues.

Disability Rights North Carolina

Disability Rights North Carolina works to protect the legal rights of people with disabilities through individual and systems advocacy.

Contact: Toll-Free: 1-877-235-4210

Local: 919-856-2195

TTY: 1-888-268-5535


Legal Aid of North Carolina

Legal Aid of North Carolina is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

Contact: Helpline: 1-866-219-5262

Senior Hotline: 1-877-579-7562

Fair Housing Project: 1-855-797-3247

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont provides legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in the Charlotte area and in west-central North Carolina.

Contact: Client Helpline: 1-704-376-1600

Outside Mecklenburg County: 1-800-438-1254

Legal Services for the Elderly: 1-704-334-1931

Spanish Line: 1-800-247-1931

Veterans Legal Assistance: 1-704-808-4144

North Carolina Justice Center

North Carolina Justice Center works to reduce and eliminate poverty by ensuring that low-income, working poor, and minority individuals and communities have the resources and services they need to move from poverty to economic security statewide.  Targeted areas of law where the Justice Center works include consumer rights, housing, immigrant rights, access to health care, public education, and workers rights.

Contact: Civil litigation: 1-919-861-2071

Immigration cases (call on Tuesday from 9am-5pm): 1-888-251-2776

Pisgah Legal Services

Pisgah Legal Services provides free legal assistance for low-income people in certain non-criminal matters that address clients’ basic needs; to ensure equal justice for low-income people and to advance and protect their legal rights.  Pisgah serves Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties.

Contact: Helpline: 1-828-253-0406

Toll-Free: 1-800-489-6144

Southern Coalition for Social Justice – Clean Slate Project

Through collaboration with a network of community partners across the Triangle and the state, the Clean Slate Project of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice provides direct reentry legal services and advocacy to individuals impacted by the criminal justice system. The Clean Slate Project will supplement the important services provided by our partner organizations with direct legal services and advocacy in the following areas including expungment and Certificates of Relief (COR).

Contact: 919-323-3380

Visit the Clean Slate Project website to take a self-assessment and register for services.

U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance

The U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance maintains a database for active duty general legal services’ contacts searchable by branch of service and location.

Wake Forest Law Veterans Legal Clinic

The Wake Forest Law Veterans Legal Clinic provides legal services to veterans for legal issues stemming from or related to their military service that are currently under-served by existing programs. The Veterans Legal Clinic seeks to serve North Carolina military personnel, including: active duty service members, reservists, veterans and non-affiliated veterans. All legal assistance will be provided by Wake Forest Law students under the supervision of a licensed attorney. The Veterans Legal Clinic operates on a pro bono basis. The Veterans Legal Clinic offers assistance with a number of practice areas, including:

Employment Law:  Provide legal services to veterans whose rights to employment are abridged based on military service.

Consumer Protection: Provide legal service to protect veterans from a variety of unfair and deceptive business practices, such as credit and predatory lending.

Discharge Upgrades: Help otherwise deserving veterans who receive less than honorable discharges related to post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury reclassify their discharge status in order to become eligible for benefits.

Landlord/Tenant Law: Protect veterans’ rights to early termination of leases and recovery of deposits owed or excess rents paid when called to duty. 

Contact: 336-758-4950

Visit the Veterans Legal Clinic Clients page to find the form to apply for services.

If individuals do not qualify financially or otherwise for free legal services from the legal aid providers listed above, you may contact:

The North Carolina Lawyer Referral Service, a program of the North Carolina Bar Association

In-state: 1-800-662-7660

Out-of-state: 919-677-8574

Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm