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Ever been in a position where you find yourself in need of a lawyer, but cannot afford one? Or you choose to represent yourself in court and don't know where to start? Finding legal help may be a daunting task, especially if you are looking for credible information for self-representation (pro se).
To expedite your search process, listed below are the top five sites for Washington state where you can find links for general legal information, brief description of their services, as well as forms and contact information to get your case started.
The sites listed are for DIY legal law cases. They provide resources for an individual to use but not legal advice.
Easy to navigate website that provides legal education material as well as instructions on how to fill out forms. Topics are separated by category along with relevant reading material. You can also check each step of the case and prepare for what comes ahead. This site is created and curated by the Northwest Justice Project.
Washington Law Help has links to videos provided by NJP that help explain the process of how to fill your forms, what to look out for, and other helpful tips. All videos are separated by category of interest as well as language preference such as ASL or Spanish. Some types of video include information on how to apply for legal aid through CLEAR, tenant and landlord rights, debt collection and handling, and if/when to file taxes for H2-A workers.
Completely free website where you can create your will in a few easy steps or download a template for you to fill at your leisure. The site also provides information about the different types of wills, power of attorney, when to update your will, etc.
A site where you can write a simple will free of charge. Basic website layout makes it easy to find the information you're looking for on the front page, from document start-up to glossary of terms. The authors of Washington Wills practice at Assemble Law Group where they draft wills and other estate documents, so you could hire them for legal help. They have reduced fees as well as a sliding fee scale.
Works on family law cases like divorce and domestic violence. Their services are free to start. First, you answer some questions regarding your situation, then schedule a twenty-minute call with a family lawyer, usually within the next day. Afterwards, you fill out your document provided on the website. Once you have completed the first draft you can download and file the paperwork or hire a lawyer to review the documents.