"A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." — Dr. Martin Luther King

Services

ELAP provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low-income residents of East and Northeast King County Washington and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County.

Advice and counsel

ELAP operates eleven advice and consultation clinics for low-income residents of East and Northeast King County. These clinics are located in Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah and Bellevue. Eight of these clinics cover general civil non-family law issues and three are specialty clinics: family law, domestic violence issues, and immigration. We also provide forms/packet checklist for clinic attorneys to use so that appropriate materials from Washington Law Help can be copied and mailed to clinic clients, providing them with additional assistance/information. Follow this link to a calendar of our clinics.

Unbundled legal services

Unbundled services are provided primarily through our Domestic Violence Legal Project (DVLP) with three full-time staff attorneys. All clients must be referred by a domestic violence advocate, another legal aid agency, or a human services agency.

ELAP provides other unbundled services primarily through its volunteer attorney panel, which presently has 100 attorneys (we have a total of 230 volunteers in all of our services). In addition, we have three full-time staff attorneys providing assistance to domestic violence survivors (which may include full representation). Family law cases, particularly with domestic violence issues and/or children at risk, are our highest priority for full representation, and the most needed. In addition to family law, the other most frequently referred legal issues deal with consumer/bankruptcy concerns, immigration, wills, housing problems and employment issues.

Brief services

ELAP volunteer attorneys provide brief assistance, in addition to the clinic appointment. The clinics’ attorney volunteers usually self-refer the "Client Plus" clients from the clinic and provide services such as writing a letter, making a phone call, or assisting with paperwork.

In our Wills Project, volunteer attorneys provide wills, durable powers of attorney and directives to physicians.

Staff attorneys provide brief services to domestic violence survivors which may include advice, drafting pleadings, drafting documents for discovery, coaching for court appearances, development of legal strategies, assistance in obtaining exhibits and supportive documents, providing appropriate referrals.

Full legal representation

ELAP provides this service through its volunteer attorney panel, which presently has 100 attorneys (we have a total of 230 volunteers in all of our services). In addition, we have a full-time staff attorney providing assistance to domestic violence survivors (which may include full representation). Family law cases, particularly with domestic violence issues and/or children at risk, are our highest priority for full representation. In addition to family law, the other most frequently referred legal issues deal with consumer/bankruptcy concerns, wills, housing problems and employment issues.

Community education

ELAP provides legal information through a Know Your Rights series for the public at various agencies on the Eastside. These presentations are made by ELAP volunteer attorneys. Topics include: probate, preparing your own will, veterans benefits, family law, and fraud issues. This service also provides an easy entry point for many future clients.

For more information

To get more information or to make an appointment, call Eastside Legal Assistance at (425)747-7274.

For callers who do not have a legal issue, do not qualify for our services, or need other types of legal or non-legal assistance, ELAP makes referrals to other agencies and to the Washington Law Help website.

Please note:

ELAP does not provide legal assistance in criminal matters and services may be limited by the number of attorneys and other resources available.

The information provided within this website is not intended to be legal advice and visitors to this website should not act upon this information without consulting with legal counsel.

"A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." — Dr. Martin Luther King

"A threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." — Dr. Martin Luther King