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Atlanta Legal Aid Society's primary function is to provide referrals and legal representation to people who otherwise cannot obtain access to the court system - the poor, minorities, the elderly, those disabled by mental illness or long term diseases, and recent immigrants. They come to us for help in meeting their basic needs, protecting their homes and safeguarding their families. In addition to the issues covered through special projects, we offer assistance with simple legal matters, such as drafting wills and seeking redress for substandard consumer goods.  Staff attorneys are also available to speak publicly about legal issues.

Offices

Atlanta Legal Aid Society provides services only for residents of the five-county metro Atlanta area, except as noted for the Georgia Seniors Legal Hotline and the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. 

If you are a resident of one of these five counties, you may apply for legal aid by calling the office for your county.  It is always best to call before you visit; intake hours are limited.  

To find help outside Atlanta, see Other Legal Resources in Georgia, call our main office at (404) 524-5811, or e-mail us.


Downtown
(Fulton County, Administrative Offices)
151 Spring Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 524-5811

Cobb Office



30 South Park Square
Marietta, GA 30090
(770) 528-2565

Decatur Office



246 Sycamore Street
Decatur, GA 30030-3434
(404) 377-0701

Gwinnett Office

Gwinnett Office

Please call the Gwinnett office before visiting.
(678) 376-4545

Southside Office



(South Fulton and Clayton Counties)
1514 East Cleveland Avenue
Suite 100
East Point, GA 30344
(404) 669-0233

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Fulton County Superior Court
Justice Center Tower, Suite T-704
185 Central Avenue, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404)335-2789

Fulton County Superior Court houses the Fulton Family Law Information Center, and the Probate Information Center.

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Departments

AIDS Legal Project / The Cancer and ALS Legal Initiative
This project assists persons living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and Lou Gehrig's disease gain access to income, health care, housing, and self-empowerment through wills and advance directives.

Special intake line for the AIDS Legal Project and The Cancer and ALS Legal Initiative: (404) 614-3969.

Home Defense
One of our founding issues was to protect low income workers from "salary-buyers" who charged usurious interest rates. Today, Atlanta Legal Aid Society continues to protect the poor and elderly from predatory mortgage lending and home equity scams through our Home Defense Program.

For intake, call the office for your county of residence.

Family Law
We provide legal assistance and program referral to low-income clients with domestic relations problems, particularly those in violent family situations. Our Family Law Unit works closely with several community-based projects to streamline the court process, to assist clients who want to represent themselves in court, and to encourage unmarried fathers to become or remain active in their children's lives.

For intake, call the office for your county of residence.

Disability Integration Project
This project helps clients gain access to community-based disability services so they can live in the least restrictive setting possible. This project oversees the LC v. Olmstead case, which the Supreme Court decided in favor of our clients in 1999.

For intake, call the office for your county of residence.

Senior Citizens Law Project
Atlanta Legal Aid Society provides legal representation to people over age 60 who need help solving problems involving income and health care benefits. We also represent nursing home and personal care home residents, regardless of age, in admission and discharge rights and conditions in those facilities.

To apply for legal aid, call the office for your county of residence.

OR call the Georgia Seniors Legal Hotline (404) 657-9915; or toll- free 1-888-257-9519.

Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project
The pro bono partnership of Atlanta Legal Aid with Kilpatrick Townsend handles adoptions for the Grandparent/Relative Caregiver Project. These volunteers, as well as volunteers from many other firms, expand the capacity of Atlanta Legal Aid’s staff and enable many more grandparents and other care-giving relatives to provide stable, loving homes for children whose parents cannot care for them. Since its inception, project volunteers have assisted more than 350 families in adopting about 650 children.

To request help for an adoption with this project, call (404) 657-9915

Georgia Senior Legal Hotline
Begun in 1998, the hotline is a cooperative project among Atlanta Legal Aid Society, the Georgia Division of Aging Services, the State Bar Pro Bono Project and the Atlanta Bar Association. It offers legal advice, brief services, self-help materials and referrals to seniors throughout the state, handling more than 4200 calls a year. This project serves seniors living anywhere in Georgia.

To call from the Metro Atlanta calling area: (404) 657-9915

To call from outside Atlanta, toll- free: 1-888-257-9519

General Law - Our Core Services
Most of Atlanta Legal Aid Society’s representation comes through the General Law practice. General Law offers advice and representation in employment cases, landlord-tenant disputes and public benefits. General Law also helps with a wide variety of consumer and
public education issues. Each county office has a General Law practice, which covers the most basic needs of our clients, yet can also offer advice and assistance in complex issues.

For intake, call the office for your county of residence.

TeamChild Atlanta
Education cases (such as school discipline, rights of homeless children, and special education placement) make up the bulk of the work of TeamChild lawyers, but they work with a wide range of other types of cases: mental health advocacy, guardianship, emancipation, public benefits, Medicaid's Early Prevention Screening Diagnosis and Treatment program, and other issues affecting children. The project focuses on children who are involved with the juvenile court system because of child abuse and neglect, or delinquency.

For intake, call the office for your county of residence.

Judges, probation officers, attorneys, and mental health professionals may use this PDF form to refer a child.

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
This project monitors 80 nursing homes and more than 600 personal care homes in the nine-county area surrounding Atlanta. It protects people who reside in these long-term facilities, investigating more than two thousand complaints yearly. Its staff is augmented by dozens of volunteers, many of whom have been certified through state training to mount formal investigations.

The Ombudsman Program serves the five Atlanta counties (Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Clayton, Gwinnett), and also serves Cherokee, Douglas, Fayette, Henry and Rockdale Counties.

For help with a nursing home or personal care home in any of these counties, call (404) 371-3800.

Hispanic Outreach Law Project
This program combines administrative and judicial advocacy, community education and networking with social service agencies. Its services concentrate on domestic violence, access to benefits for Hispanic children born in the US, educational services and consumer issues.

For intake in Spanish:  (404) 377-5381.

Health Law Partnership
The project aims to improve the health of children hospitalized at Children's Healthcare, by coordinating services to address legal, social and economic conditions threatening children’s health. This service is available to low-income families of children hospitalized at Children's Healthcare at Egleston, Scottish Rite, Hughes Spalding or any of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta clinics.

For intake, call (404) 705-0000.

Probate Information Center
The Probate Information Center advises clients on such matters as administration of simple estates (testate or intestate), estate issues involving debts, claims or expenses, how to petition for year’s support or update a title to real estate as well as explanations of the duties of a personal representative of an estate. The Probate Information Center is a great resource for clients who need to probate the estate of a loved one who either died in Fulton County or died owning real property in Fulton County. This service is presently available only at the Fulton County Courthouse.