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What is Legal Services Alabama?

Legal Services Alabama (LSA) has seven offices and a centralized intake call center working together to fulfill its mission statement: To serve low-income people by providing civil legal aid and by promoting collaboration to find solutions to problems of poverty. These offices are located in Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa.

LSA offices handle civil cases only. Each office has lawyers licensed to practice in Alabama and other staff who know how to help low-income people resolve their legal problems.

Core Values

  • Integrity:

    We are honest, ethical and accountable in our endeavors.

  • Professionalism:

    We pursue excellence in our creative, courageous and zealous representation of our clients.

  • Teamwork:

    Valuing our diverse strengths, we cooperate with our clients, staff and community justice partners.

  • Compassion:

    We are caring, empathetic and respectful.

How does LSA help people?

  • By providing representation on critical legal matters in judicial and administrative forums

  • By providing timely legal counsel and advice

  • Through community education about rights and responsibilities ("preventative" law)

  • By providing effective mediation services that help clients and keep disputes out of the court system

  • Through development and distribution of legal self-help materials and forms

What LSA CAN'T do:

As a recipient of federal funds, LSA is restricted by Congress as to some of the work it is allowed to do. LSA:

  • Does not handle criminal cases

  • Does not accept fee-generating cases that private attorneys are willing to accept on a contingency fee basis

  • Cannot do class actions

  • Cannot do rulemaking

  • Cannot lobby

  • Cannot provide litigation on behalf of prisoners or represent certain categories of aliens

  • Doesn't assist landlords with evictions. We are only able to assist tenants.

To apply for free legal services in Alabama, call the Legal Services Alabama office that is closest to where you live OR call Toll-Free 1-866-456-4995.
You can also Apply Online.

  • LSC

    LSA is a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation.