ELAP provides access to justice through free civil legal aid to low-income residents of East, Northeast and Southeast King County (Washington) and domestic violence legal aid throughout King County. ELAP does not advise on criminal matters.
Legal Advice Clinics
ELAP operates free community-based advice clinics for low-income residents of East, Northeast and Southeast King County. These clinics are located in Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Bellevue, Renton, and Kent. Individuals receive one-on-one appointments with attorneys to address civil legal issues. General clinics cover civil non-family law issues and specialty clinics cover family law, domestic violence issues, and immigration. Appointments are required. Click here to view a calendar of our clinics.
Coronavirus Update: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we have switched our legal clinics from in-person appointments with attorneys to phone consultations for the month of March. If you would like to schedule a phone consultation, call our intake line at (425)747-7274, please leave a message, with your name, phone number and a brief description of your legal issue you need help with and someone will return your call within 48 hours.
Domestic Violence Legal Program
ELAP’s full-time staff attorneys provide brief services to domestic violence survivors and their children. This assistance 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, and representation in court.
Attorneys work closely with other community agencies to ensure survivors received coordinated services, including safety planning. These cases are accepted only by referral from other agencies.
ELAP has created a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) to join with local medical clinics to address patients’ legal needs. Our current MLP partners are International Community Health Service (ICHS) in their Bellevue and Shoreline clinics, and HealthPoint’s Redmond location. It is an on-site collaboration that places civil legal aid attorneys alongside the health center teams to detect, address and disrupt the cycle of health-harming social conditions such as the threat of eviction can lead to stress and depression; Domestic violence in the home can harm the physical and mental health of parents and children; Wrongfully denied public benefits can prevent a single mother from being able to provide nutrition for her family.
ELAP will work closely with clinic physicians, nurses, administrators, support staff and social workers to address social issues that are barriers to a patient getting better. By partnering and using legal expertise and services, the healthcare system can disrupt the cycle of returning people to the unhealthy conditions that would otherwise bring them right back to the clinic or hospital. These cases are accepted only by referral from a medical provider in one of our partner clinics.
Housing Stability Project
With funding from the City of Kirkland, ELAP provides limited representation to low-income Kirkland residents on a variety of legal matters threatening their housing stability. Whether assisting tenants on landlord-tenant issues or addressing a non-housing emergency that could threaten one’s housing—such as a lost job, an incident of domestic violence, or a sudden medical expense—ELAP’s housing stability attorneys provide free legal services to address barriers to maintaining or getting into permanent housing.
At this time these services are available only to Kirkland resident who are income qualified to receive them. While referrals through other agencies are preferred, self-referrals can be made by calling ELAP’s main intake line. If you are an agency who would like a copy of the referral form for this program, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy.
Volunteer attorneys prepare wills, powers of attorney, and advanced healthcare directives for clients. ELAP provides witnesses and notary public services at the time of signing.
ELAP provides public workshops at community gathering places where volunteer attorneys discuss many topics such as veterans’ benefits, wills and probate, and consumer fraud. No appointment is required to attend. These presentations are made by ELAP staff attorneys and volunteer attorneys. Topics include immigration, 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.
ELAP does not provide legal assistance in criminal matters and services may be limited by the number of attorneys and other resources available.