OTHER LEGAL RESOURCES
American Civil Liberties Union
of Georgia (ACLU)
The ACLU is a public interest law firm. The ACLU defends civil liberties through public education and by litigating precedent-setting legal questions to protect the rights of all Georgians.
American Immigration Lawyers Association
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Inc. (AVLF)
The Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation provides civil legal representation to low-income Georgians primarily through the use of volunteer lawyers. The AVLF's clientele are Fulton County residents with the exception of City of Atlanta residents.
AVLF also sponsors the following other programs:
Guardian Ad Litem Program: (404) 521-0790
Saturday Lawyers Program: (404) 521-0790
Catholic Charities Atlanta, Inc.
The Catholic Social Services is an outreach ministry rooted in the gospel which provides services to those most in need and vulnerable. CSS also provides services to immigrants.
Child Support Services
Clayton County Pro Bono Project
Clayton County Pro Bono Project is a civil legal referral program that refers individuals residing in Clayton County to volunteer attorneys. To qualify the individual must meet the program's income and asset guidelines. The Clayton County Pro Bono Project handles matters pertaining to adoption, child custody, consumer/finance, divorce, domestic violence, guardianship, landlord/tenant and probate.
DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
The DeKalb Lawyers Foundation provides, through volunteer lawyers, civil legal services to indigent DeKalb County residents who cannot or would not be served by existing legal services programs. They handle matters including, but not limited to, domestic relations, landlord-tenant, general litigation, wills and trusts, real property, social security, bankruptcy, debtor-creditor, nonprofit corporation, foreclosure, fraud, guardian ad litem, juvenile law and employment.
Fulton County Family Division
The Family Law Information Center was developed to assist individuals who wish to represent themselves in family matters or wish to educate themselves about family law issues. FLIC is a part of the Fulton County Superior Court Family Division pilot project. The forms provided on this site are approved for use in Fulton County. If you would like to use these forms in other Georgia counties, speak to the clerk of the Superior Court in that county to determine if there are any local differences or requirements.
Family Law Information Center/DeKalb
Family Law Clinic/Gwinnett
Foreverfamily works to ensure that, no matter what the circumstances, all children have the opportunity to be surrounded by the love of family. We focus our efforts on children with an incarcerated parent or parents and support them as they, their parents, caregivers and extended families work to remain a family.
The Georgia Advocacy Office serves Georgia citizens with physical and/or mental disabilities who have been or are being discriminated against free of charge. GAO investigates abuse, neglect and rights violations, as well visits state psychiatric hospitals, prisons, jails, foster care settings, group homes, private psychiatric hospitals and other places. They will also provide legal services if the issue is a legal one and will go to court, as a last resort, if it is necessary. GAO also helps people to get reestablished in their community in ways that provide safety, adequate treatment, respect, and friends and neighbors who take active roles in their lives.
The Georgia First Amendment Foundation conducts free workshops on state open government laws, and their applications; they report open government violations occurring throughout Georgia, and the appropriate interpretation of the law, in their quarterly newsletter; they provide literature concerning open government activities; they write letters of inquiry to public agencies querying their compliance with the state open government laws; they file amicus briefs on open government disputes throughout the state; and they post pertinent laws and sample information on their web site.
Georgia Innocence Project
The mission is to use DNA testing to free those wrongly prosecuted. Because of the high volume and limited staff, the Project asks that you request help in writing by regular mail, not by phone or e-mail.
Georgia Justice Project
Georgia Justice Project carefully selects which clients and cases it takes on, and agrees to represent indigent individuals accused of crimes only if those individuals are willing to work, accept counseling or treatment, and pursue job training or educational opportunities so that they will be better equipped to live more productive lives once their legal problems are behind them.
Georgia Law Center for the Homeless
The Georgia Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty provides representation for the homeless throughout Georgia in civil cases in Federal and State courts, as well as administrative proceedings. They also handle cases at both the state and federal level addressing systemic issues, and provide representation in matters pertaining to landlord tenant cases, consumer cases, zoning conflicts, child deprivation, foster care issues, wage claims and employment related issues, they also prepare domestic violence protective orders, as well as handle many other civil matters.
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
The Georgia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts serves the legal needs of the artists and art organizations of Georgia. GVLA answers legal questions from visual artists, writers, performers and musicians and makes referrals to pro bono lawyers; they give free legal advice to nonprofit arts organizations with budgets under $500,000; and GVLA conducts workshops on topical issues relating to the arts and the law including contracts and copyrights, taxes and record keeping, and nonprofit incorporation.
Georgia Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
Georgia's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program works to improve the lives of residents of long-term care facilities. The program informally investigates and works to resolve complaints on behalf of residents. Ombudsmen routinely visit long-term care facilities to check on residents and to monitor conditions. Ombudsmen work on behalf of the resident, and will intervene in a problematic situation with the direct permission of the resident or representative. Ombudsmen are knowledgeable about laws and policies governing facilities and agencies that may be helpful in particular situations. Atlanta Legal Aid's Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is a part of this program.
Georgia State University College of Law Tax Clinic
The Clinic provides representation to taxpayers who otherwise would be unable to afford representation in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service.
Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs
The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs protects consumers from unfair or deceptive business practices. They have telephone counselors available to assist consumers with complaints Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. They accept complaints in written form only, which must contain a detailed explanation of the complaint with copies of all important documents.
Justice Center of Atlanta, Inc. (JCA)
The Justice Center of Atlanta's stated mission is to "Relieve the emotional and financial costs of conflict wherever it occurs, as rapidly as possible." The JCA offers mediation services, usually without charge, in cases ranging from small claims and misdemeanors to multimillion dollar claims. The types of disputes they will handle are: Domestic problems involving family members, neighborhood disputes, landlord tenant disputes, claims over money and personal property, allegations involving misdemeanors, juvenile disputes, business related disputes, educational disputes, work place disputes, personal injury claims, disputes involving churches and congregations, public policy disputes and land use and zoning issues.
Latin American Association (LAA)
Norcross Outreach Center
The Latin American Association provides Latino families and individuals with basic transitional services in order to facilitate integration into the larger community, with the goal of fostering within the community an awareness of the presence and contribution of Latinos. LAA also advocates on behalf of Latinos, provides employment services, citizenship and other immigration assistance, English language/literacy instruction for adults, a mentoring program, summer youth internships, school enrollment, case management, translation/interpretations, a seniors program and other valuable family services. The LAA's legal department primarily handles immigration cases.
Raksha primarily serves the South Asian immigrant community in domestic violence, elder abuse and immigration cases. Other services include crisis intervention, information and referrals, interpretation and translation, individual and family counseling with children and adults encompassing a variety of issues. Raksha promotes cultural sensitivity and provides technical assistance on the unique needs of South Asians to law enforcement agencies, social service agencies and health care providers.
Southern Center For Human Rights
The Southern Center for Human Rights is a public interest group that challenges the discriminatory use of the death penalty and the unconstitutional treatment of inmates in prisons and jails throughout the south. The Center represents people of color, poor people, people with mental illnesses and other disadvantaged people facing the death penalty at trials, on appeal, and in post-conviction and clemency proceedings. The center also challenges inhumane conditions of confinement and encourages the use of alternatives to incarceration to reduce prison overcrowding via media, advocacy, and civil rights litigation.
Southside Legal Center (SLC)
The Southside Legal Center is a pro bono legal services program which provides legal services to residents of the southside Atlanta. The area served covers from I-75/85 on the west to Grant Park/Zoo on the east, I-20 to the north and the federal prison on the south. The SLC provides legal services for family law, housing, real estate law, guardianships and business law matters to people within the specified geographical area whose incomes do not exceed a certain multiple of the threshold for legal aid services. Unless they are eligible for legal aid, clients of the SLC are asked to pay a flat fee of $50.00 (which is donated to charity), plus costs for routine items. SLC's services are largely intended for those, within the specified area, whose income is too large for legal services and too small to hire an attorney.
The Pro Bono Project assists local bar associations, individual private attorneys and communities in developing pro bono private attorney/bar involvement programs in their areas for the delivery of Legal services to the poor.
TAPESTRI, Inc. is a coalition of ethnically diverse advocates working on issues of violence against women, primarily in immigrant and refugee communities. TAPESTRI uses culturally competent and appropriate methods to counter domestic violence, sexual assault and exploitation.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Project
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides free attorneys to veterans and their qualifying family members who have an appeal pending at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court). If an appellant has filed an appeal with the Court and has been unable to obtain his or her own attorney after 30 days, he or she can request assistance from The Veterans Consortium.
Women's Resource Center To End Domestic Violence
The Women's Resource Center provides services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. They also host a 24 hour crisis hotline, provide confidential emergency shelter, peer support groups, legal advocacy, lesbian/bisexual help line (404 377-3040) and support groups, parenting classes, community outreach parenting education, and a host of other community programs.
Georgia Legal Services Program
The Georgia Legal Services Program provides free civil legal services to low-income Georgians from twelve locations throughout Georgia. Excluded from their jurisdiction is the five-county metropolitan area, served by Atlanta Legal Aid. The twelve locations serve distinct geographic regions, totaling 154 counties, by "circuit riding" from their respective offices to local communities.
Finding a Private Attorney
You can find an attorney in your area through local bar associations.
The State Bar of Georgia has consumer information on "How To Choose a Lawyer" and "Lawyers and Legal Fees."
Public Defenders in Georgia
Legal Services in Other States
Every year, Atlanta Legal Aid helps hundreds of families who have been victimized by violence in the home, with protective orders, divorces, and other court orders. Unfortunately, violence causes many other kinds of problems.
Atlanta Legal Aid works in partnership with agencies that provide other supports for victims of domestic violence. Services include emergency shelter, support groups, 24-hour crisis lines, community education, counseling, transitional services, prevention education, children's support groups and legal advocacy.
If you need help because of violence in your home, call the shelter for your county:
For Immigrant and Refugee Women in Metro Atlanta: