What is Legal Services Alabama?

Legal Services Alabama (LSA) has eight offices and a centralized 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 Anniston/Gadsden, 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.

Click here to review our 2016 form 990.

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 Toll-Free 1-866-456-4995.
You can also Apply Online.

  • LSC

    LSA is a grantee of the Legal Services Corporation.