How to Get Help from Legal Aid

Are you looking for a lawyer? Do you need information about a legal problem? Our Legal Help Finder will ask you some questions and then guide you to information and services that could help you.

The advocates at Statewide Legal Services (SLS) give free legal advice to people with low income who have legal problems in Connecticut. For some problems, they may send you to another legal aid program or a volunteer attorney. They cannot help people with problems in other states.

Most of SLS' legal services are available only for people with household income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. If you are 60 or over and think your income is higher than this, you may contact the legal aid office closest to you to see if you are eligible for legal services.

SLS cannot help you with a criminal case, if are trying to sue someone, or if you have an immigration problem.

You can also visit our self-help guides to look up information about your legal questions.

Apply Online

Why apply online?

  • The SLS hotline is open for limited hours and is very busy.
  • The wait time on the phone can be long.
  • You can apply any time of day or night.
  • The online application will help you find out if you qualify for legal services.
  • If you apply online, your phone interview will be shorter when someone from SLS calls you back.
  • You can apply online for legal help with family, housing, public benefits, unemployment, and other problems.
  • You can also apply for bankruptcy, debtor’s rights, and consumer protection only online.

If you have an emergency
you should call SLS.
Do not fill out an application online.

Call the Hotline

Why call the SLS hotline?

  • If you are eligible, you will talk to an advocate and you won’t have to wait for SLS to call you back.
  • If you are not sure about your problem, they can help you figure it out.
  • If you have an emergency, call the SLS hotline. Do not fill out an application online.
SLS call-in hours are:
Monday – Friday
9 am to 12 noon
and 1 to 2 pm
Toll-free: 1-800-453-3320
From Middletown and Hartford:

You cannot apply for help with bankruptcy, debtor’s rights, or consumer protection on the phone. For those problems, you need to apply online.

free legal answers

Find a legal aid office some place else in the United States or around the world.

If you need an attorney for a legal problem in Connecticut and do not think you will qualify for free legal aid, you should contact the following for assistance:

Connecticut Bar Association Online Guide to Connecticut Lawyers

New Haven County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

Fairfield County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

Hartford County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

New London County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service