There are eight Legal Aid or Legal Services organizations in Tennessee. These are not-for-profit law offices that give certain types of free legal help to people who cannot afford to pay a lawyer.
Due to limited resources, Legal Aid cannot help everyone with every legal problem. There are also some types of cases Legal Aid does not handle, such as criminal cases and fee-generating cases, like car accidents where you want to make the other person pay for your injuries or the damage to your car.
People who are in low-income households can get some kinds of free legal help from Legal Aid offices. When you call the office, you will be asked about your income and the income of others in your home. Your income must be under the current poverty guidelines to make you eligible.
If you are within the guidelines, you will be asked about the type of legal problem that you have. Below are some of the kinds of cases Legal Aid can help you with:
The Legal Aid offices do not charge for the legal help they provide, but you may have to pay court costs to take a case to court or other expenses, such as, copies of records, court reporters, and so forth. However, you will not be charged for the attorney's or paralegal's time or advice.
To find a legal aid office near you, you can go to TennLegalAid.com which will allow you see a listing of the legal aid programs or to click on a map which shows the service areas for each program.
To find a local legal office this way, go to: http://www.tn.gov
Often the best ways to find a lawyer is to turn to someone who you know that may be able to recommend a lawyer. However, another good way to find a lawyer is through a Lawyer Referral Service. Several of the city bar associations provide information to help you find a lawyer. The links below allow you to search for attorneys that are members of the organizations listed below.
Memphis Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
Telephone referral service: 615-242-9272
Chattanooga Bar Association
Knoxville Bar Association
Telephone referral service available Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.: (865) 522-7501