FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

 

What Kinds of Cases Does Atlanta Legal Aid Handle?

We provide representation exclusively in civil (non-criminal) matters. Because of budget and staffing constraints, we must prioritize the types of cases we take. Priority cases include housing, consumer fraud, public benefits, employment, education, health, spouse abuse and child custody cases. We also represent those who are elderly, disabled, mentally ill or who have AIDS, cancer or ALS.  Because we do not have the resources to handle every eligible client's case, our staff must choose those cases in which our representation will make a significant benefit for the client.

Are There Other Requirements?

Atlanta Legal Aid represents low income clients, usually with an income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines. Clients must also have a viable case that falls within our priority areas, and reside in our service area:  Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb and Gwinnett Counties.

How Do People Apply?

Potential clients can apply for our services by telephoning:

(404) 524-5811 in Fulton County
(770) 528-2565 in Cobb County
(404) 377-0701 in DeKalb County
(678) 376-4545 in Gwinnett County
or (404) 669-0233 in Clayton and South Fulton Counties

If you are over age 60 and live anywhere in Georgia, you can call the Georgia Seniors Legal Hotline at:
(404) 657-9915 or call toll free 1 (888) 257-9519.

Everyone must then answer questions regarding the nature of their problem, and meet our guidelines concerning personal financial matters, such as household income and size.  Clients may be served with a referral, brief service and advice, or full representation.

What Can I Do If Legal Aid Does Not Accept My Case?

There may be other free resources available.  See  Other Legal Resources in Georgia on our web site.  See the web site for the State Bar of Georgia.  In Atlanta, you can find a private attorney quickly and fairly inexpensively through the Atlanta Bar Association Referral Service at 404-521-0777.  (Other bar associations may have similar programs.  You can always contact your local bar association to find out what is available.) 

How Can I Help Legal Aid Help Others?

Members of the Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett County legal communities can contribute time and services to help balance the scales of justice in metro Atlanta. Atlanta Legal Aid gratefully accepts donations of money and goods from everyone.  

Participate in our annual fundraiser, the Run For Justice!

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Donate online!

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To offer help of any kind, please contact Angie Tacker of our Development Department at (404) 614-3922.

 

THANKS FOR ASKING!


Steve Gottlieb, Executive Director