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UPDATED May 20, 2015

Legal Assistance

Missouri

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.  We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

Cape Girardeau

Legal Services of Southern Missouri - Cape Girardeau office
1225 North Kingshighway
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1837)
Cape Girardeau, MO 63702-1837
Phone: (573) 651-4806
Phone: (800) 748-7456
Fax: (417) 881-2159
Web: http://www.lsosm.org/
Legal Services of Southern Missouri provides representation to the low-income and elderly in civil matters only. Eligibility for legal aid may be based on income and assets of all members of the household and the legal problem. We handle orders of protection, paternity, adoption, name change, guardianship and more. To see a full list of the types of cases taken, go to their website here: http://www.lsosm.org/services/ To find out which towns are covered by this office, go to the website here: http://www.lsosm.org/applicants/

Charleston

Legal Services of Southern Missouri - Charleston office
116 North Main Street
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 349)
Charleston, MO 63834
Phone: (573) 683-3783
Phone: (800) 748-7456
Fax: (417) 881-2159
Web: http://www.lsosm.org/
Legal Services of Southern Missouri provides representation to the low-income and elderly in civil matters only. Eligibility for legal aid may be based on income and assets of all members of the household and the legal problem. We handle orders of protection, paternity, adoption, name change, guardianship and more. To see a full list of the types of cases taken, go to their website here: http://www.lsosm.org/services/ To find out which towns are covered by this office, go to the website here: http://www.lsosm.org/applicants/

Columbia

Family Violence Program, University of Missouri School of Law
104 Hulston Hall
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: 573-882-9728
Email: BeckM@missouri.edu
This Family Violence Clinic is only active during the academic year. The income cut-off is 150% of the federal poverty level. The clinic accepts Domestic Violence/Protective Order cases and some guardianships, and accepts referrals from all over the state. The clinic has grant funds to travel to distant Missouri counties. Spanish language resources available. Contact Monique Prince or Mary Beck at the number listed above.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services - Columbia office
1201 West Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
Phone: (573) 442-0116
Phone: (800) 568-4931
Fax: (573) 875-0173
Web: http://mmls.org/
Provides free legal services for low-income people for cases involving divorce, custody, paternity, orders of protection, and more. To see a complete list, go to their website, here: http://mmls.org/our-services/

Hannibal

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri Main Office - Hannibal Office
801 Broadway
P.O. Box 1276
Hannibal, MO 63401
Phone: (573) 248-1111
Fax: (573) 248-2152
Web: http://www.lsem.org
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provides civil legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people and the elderly in eastern Missouri. Legal services are most frequently provided in areas relating to domestic violence and other family law issues, children, education, health, housing and homelessness, public benefits, elder law, immigration, and consumer matters. The Hannibal Branch Office delivers the full range of LSEM services to qualified low-income residents of the following 14 counties in northeast Missouri: Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Schuyler, Scotland and Shelby.

Jefferson City

Mid-Missouri Legal Services - Jefferson City office
428 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 200
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 634-4545
Phone: (888) 476-4545
Fax: (573) 634-2973
Web: http://mmls.org/
Provides free legal services for low-income people for cases involving divorce, custody, paternity, orders of protection, and more. To see a complete list, go to their website, here: http://mmls.org/our-services/

Joplin

Legal Aid of Western Missouri - Joplin Office
302 S. Joplin
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1605)
Joplin, MO 64801
Phone: (417) 782-1650
Phone: (800) 492-7095; TTY: 800-326-2996
Web: http://www.lawmo.org/contact-locate/joplin/
Legal Aid is the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people. Our main practice areas are: Family Law/Domestic Violence Protection, Housing Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Access to Healthcare, Consumer/Employment Law, Immigration Law, Federal Benefits/Consumer Credit. Counties Served: Barton, Bates, Jasper, McDonald, Newton, Vernon. Our office hours are 8:30 to NOON and 1:00 to 5:00 M-F.

Kansas City

Legal Aid of Western Missouri - Central Office
1125 Grand Blvd., #1900
Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 474-6750
Fax: 816-474-0397
Web: http://www.lawmo.org/contact-locate/central-office-kc/
Legal Aid is the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people. Our main practice areas are: Family Law/Domestic Violence Protection, Housing Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Access to Healthcare, Consumer/Employment Law, Immigration Law, Federal Benefits/Consumer Credit. Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte.

Legal Aid of Western Missouri - Westside Office
920 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: 816-474-9868
Fax: 816-474-7575
Web: http://www.lawmo.org/contact-locate/westside-office-kc/
Legal Aid is the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people. Our main practice areas are: Family Law/Domestic Violence Protection, Housing Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Access to Healthcare, Consumer/Employment Law, Immigration Law, Federal Benefits/Consumer Credit. Westside Office Priorities: immigration law, community development, real estate, affordable housing finance and development, land use, neighborhood revitalization, repair of vacant and abandoned homes. Counties Served: Clay, Jackson, Platte. Walk-in Intake Hours: 9:00 am – 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Rolla

Legal Services of Southern Missouri - Rolla office
1412 Hwy. 72 East
Rolla, MO 65402
Phone: (573) 341-3655
Phone: (800) 999-0249
Fax: (417) 881-2159
Web: http://www.lsosm.org/
Legal Services of Southern Missouri provides representation to the low-income and elderly in civil matters only. Eligibility for legal aid may be based on income and assets of all members of the household and the legal problem. We handle orders of protection, paternity, adoption, name change, guardianship and more. To see a full list of the types of cases taken, go to their website here: http://www.lsosm.org/services/ To find out which towns are covered by this office, go to the website here: http://www.lsosm.org/applicants/

Springfield

Legal Services of Southern Missouri - Springfield office
809 North Campbell
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: (417) 881-1397
Phone: (800) 444-4863
Fax: (417) 881-2159
Web: http://www.lsosm.org/
Legal Services of Southern Missouri provides representation to the low-income and elderly in civil matters only. Eligibility for legal aid may be based on income and assets of all members of the household and the legal problem. We handle orders of protection, paternity, adoption, name change, guardianship and more. To see a full list of the types of cases taken, go to their website here: http://www.lsosm.org/services/ To find out which towns are covered by this office, go to the website here: http://www.lsosm.org/applicants/

St. Joseph

Legal Aid of Western Missouri - St. Joseph Office
706 Felix Street
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1086)
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Phone: (816) 364-2325
Phone: 1-800-892-2101
Fax: 816-364-2647
Web: http://www.lawmo.org/contact-locate/st-joseph/
Legal Aid is the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people. Our main practice areas are: Family Law/Domestic Violence Protection, Housing Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Access to Healthcare, Consumer/Employment Law, Immigration Law, Federal Benefits/Consumer Credit. Counties Served: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, Worth. Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Walk-in Intake Hours & Restrictions: Same as office hours Phone Intake Hours & Restrictions: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

St. Louis

Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW), part of the Crime Victim Advocacy Center
539 North Grand Blvd., Suite 400
St. Louis, MO 63103
Hotline: LAAW Hotline: (314) 664-6699; Legal Assistance: (800) 527-1460
Phone: General hotline: 314-652-3623
Fax: 314-531-0299
Web: http://www.laawstl.org
Email: info@supportvictims.org
The LAAW program is the only domestic violence program that partners with law enforcement and criminal court systems to break the cycle of violence at the earliest possible stage. LAAW serves St. Louis City and the counties of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, Lincoln and Franklin. For immediate assistance, call our legal helpline (number listed above) to speak with a trained advocate about safety planning, crisis support, legal information, and critical legal and social service referrals regardless of your geographic location. LAAW also offers free legal representation at Adult and Child Order of Protection hearings for victims of abuse. Eligibility guidelines address the needs of the poor and the “working poor” and clients receive on-going advocacy and support while the protective order is in effect or until an end to services is requested. Specialized services are provided for immigrants and refugees.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri - Main Office (St. Louis)
4232 Forest Park Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: (314) 534-4200
Phone: (800) 444-0514
Web: http://www.lsem.org
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provides civil legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people and the elderly in eastern Missouri. Legal services are most frequently provided in areas relating to domestic violence and other family law issues, children, education, health, housing and homelessness, public benefits, elder law, immigration, and consumer matters.

Union

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri - Union Branch Office
20 South Church Street
Union, MO 63084
Phone: (866) 583-7877
Fax: (636) 583-7790
Web: http://www.lsem.org
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri provides civil legal assistance and equal access to justice for low-income people and the elderly in eastern Missouri. Legal services are most frequently provided in areas relating to domestic violence and other family law issues, children, education, health, housing and homelessness, public benefits, elder law, immigration, and consumer matters. The Union Branch Office enables LSEM to deliver the full range of services to qualified low-income residents of Franklin, Warren, and Washington Counties, and also handles family law cases in Lincoln County.

Warrensburg

Legal Aid of Western Missouri - Warrensburg Office
305 N. Holden
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 396)
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660- 747-7101 (Phone intakes accepted during all open business hours); Domestic Violence: 877-537-7811 (toll-free) (Phone intakes accepted during all open business hours)
Phone: 800-892-2943 (Phone intakes accepted between the hours of 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)
Fax: 660-747-7104
Web: http://www.lawmo.org/contact-locate/warrensburg/
Legal Aid is the only organization in western Missouri that provides free, comprehensive civil legal services to low-income people. Our main practice areas are: Family Law/Domestic Violence Protection, Housing Assistance, Foreclosure Prevention, Access to Healthcare, Consumer/Employment Law, Immigration Law, Federal Benefits/Consumer Credit. Counties Served: Benton, Camden, Carroll, Cass, Henry, Hickory, Johnson, Lafayette, Morgan, Pettis, Ray, Saline, St. Clair. Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday (Walk-in intakes accepted during all open business hours)

West Plains

Legal Services of Southern Missouri - West Plains office
313 Washington Avenue
(Mailing Address: P.O. Box 887)
West Plains, MO 65775
Phone: (417) 255-0348
Phone: (800) 444-4863
Fax: (417) 881-2159
Web: http://www.lsosm.org/
Legal Services of Southern Missouri provides representation to the low-income and elderly in civil matters only. Eligibility for legal aid may be based on income and assets of all members of the household and the legal problem. We handle orders of protection, paternity, adoption, name change, guardianship and more. To see a full list of the types of cases taken, go to their website here: http://www.lsosm.org/services/ To find out which towns come are covered by this office, go to the website here: http://www.lsosm.org/applicants/

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