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 advice and consultation clinics for low-income residents of East and Northeast King County. These clinics are located in Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, and Bellevue. General clinics cover civil non-family law issues and specialty clinics cover family law, domestic violence issues, and immigration. Click here to view a calendar of our clinics.
Unbundled legal services
Unbundled services are provided primarily through our Domestic Violence Legal Project (DVLP) with our full-time staff attorneys. All clients must be referred by a domestic violence advocate, another legal aid agency, a human services agency, or a Project Safety Legal Navigator (located at the King County Courthouse in Seattle and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent).
ELAP provides other unbundled services primarily through its volunteer attorney panel, which presently has more than 200 attorneys. In addition, we have full-time staff attorneys providing assistance to domestic violence survivors. Family law cases, particularly with domestic violence issues and/or children at risk, are our highest priority for representation. In addition to family law, the other most frequently referred legal issues deal with consumer/bankruptcy concerns, immigration, wills, housing problems, and employment issues.
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, and providing appropriate referrals.
Full legal representation
ELAP provides referrals through its volunteer attorney panel, which presently has over 200 attorneys. 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.
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 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.