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Legal Resources in Tennessee

If you need help with your civil legal problem you can find information here. On this page you will find links to resources that may have information that to help you with your legal questions. There are organizations and projects that can help Tennesseans all across the state. Below you can learn about legal aid, free online legal resources, and free legal helplines.

Legal Aid Organizations

If you want a lawyer and cannot pay for one, you can ask for free legal help at the closest Tennessee Legal Services Program or Legal Aid Office. In Tennessee, there are four legal aid agencies that give free legal help for certain kinds of cases to people who cannot afford a lawyer. Use the table below to learn more about Legal Aid's comprehensive services.

What is Legal Aid?

In Tennessee, there are four legal aid agencies that give free legal help for certain kinds of cases to people who cannot afford a lawyer.

West Tennessee Legal Services

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

Legal Aid of East Tennessee

Memphis Area Legal Services

Who Qualifies for Legal Aid?

You may qualify for free legal help if you are a low-income household, and your legal problem is about:

  • Problems with your landlord
  • Food stamps (SNAP)
  • Families First (Welfare or TANF)
  • TennCare (Medicare)
  • Family problems related to domestic violence
  • Some other kinds of cases

How Do I Know if I Qualify?

Call a legal aid office near you. We will ask you questions about your income and the income of other people who live in your home. To qualify, your income must be under the current poverty guidelines. Your case must also be the kind of case we can help with.

What if Legal Aid does not Help with my Kind of Case?

Legal Aid does not help with every kind of case. For example, we cannot help with criminal cases or fee-generating cases, like car accidents where you want to make the other person pay for your injuries or the damage to your car.

Is Legal Aid Free?

We do not charge for our legal help. But you may have to pay court costs and for other things, such as, copies of records and court reporters.
Note: Legal Aid does not have enough money to help everyone with every legal problem.

How to Find a Legal Aid Office:

To find a legal aid office near you, click on your county on the MAP of Tennessee counties.

Legal Clinics

Legal aid agencies also have legal clinics with lawyers who may be able to answer your questions and help you. Find information on legal clinics on the by contacting your local legal aid office. Local bar associations may also have legal clinics. Click here to contact the bar association to ask them about clinics.

Email an Attorney

TN Free Legal Answers is a program that lets you send your questions to a lawyer by email. If you qualify for Legal Aid, a lawyer will answer your questions. This program was developed by the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS) and the Tennessee Bar Association.

Help4TN

Help4TN is a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans.  If you can't afford a lawyer, call 1-844-Help4TN (1-844-435-7486).  You can speak to a lawyer who can give you free legal adivce and referrals to other resources.  You can leave a voice mail if you call after hours or the lawyer is helping someone else.

www.Help4TN.org
You can find links to legal information and legal resources on this website.

Other Agencies Where You May Find Help

The Tennessee Association for Justice may help you find a lawyer.

TN Free Legal Answers

TN Free Legal Answers is a website where you can ask a lawyer for help with a legal question. It is fast and easy. All you need is a computer. You sign up. Then, you sign in to type a lawyer your question. The lawyer will reply to you on the website. There is no cost. This is a FREE service for people who cannot afford a lawyer. If you do not have a computer, you can go to a public library and use one for free.

Free Legal Answers is a joint project of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Bar Association.

Free Legal Answers

This website screens clients and, if qualified, allows you to post a legal question to a private messaging system. The questions are answered by private attorneys volunteering their time. An TN Free Legal Answers client has the ability to check the system for answers at any time. Only the name of the client is shared with the volunteer attorney assisting them. All other information is anonymous to ensure privacy. Lawyers have the ability to log into the site 24 hours a day and answer questions from the public at a time that best suits their schedule.

Lawyers receive CLE credit for the time they spend researching and answering questions.

Help4TN

HELP4TN is a program that provides Tennesseans with a broad range of legal and social services resources. The HELP4TN web portal has:

    • links to legal information in booklets, handouts, and videos
    • ways to fill out legal forms
    • a blog to learn about your legal rights
    • links to find help in Tennessee

You can also get help by calling the HELP4TN civil legal helpline: 844-435-7486. HELP4TN is a program by Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services (TALS). TALS created this website in partnership with West Tennessee Legal Services. A Technology Initiative Grant from Legal Services Corporation made the project possible.

Help4TN

Help4TN is a toll-free phone line offering free legal information and referrals to low-income Tennesseans. The service will assist Tennesseans in finding resources to deal with civil legal issues. Those who cannot afford a lawyer may call the line at 844-Help4TN (1-844-435-7486) and be connected with a licensed Tennessee lawyer. Callers can leave a voice mail if the attorney is on another call. Though Help4TN can assist callers desiring to clear a criminal record, it cannot help with criminal problems, including traffic tickets.

The attorney can provide referrals to appropriate legal service providers, pro bono assistance programs, free legal clinics and other social service providers. If ongoing legal representation is needed, callers may be referred to a free legal service provider or volunteer attorney program.

Legal Services

There are multiple agencies and non-profits across Tennessee that can provide legal services to their clients at no charge. Many of these groups provide services for issue specific legal problems, or serve a specific population in Tennessee, others are more general. Read more below!

Tennessee Justice Center

Tennessee Justice Center helps Tennesseans one-by-one and then take what we learn from their stories to advocate for large-scale changes that help others in the same boat. In addition to helping individuals, they use the law and advocacy to ensure that Tennesseans can meet their most basic needs and have a pathway to opportunity.

Disability Rights Tennessee

Disability Rights Tennessee is committed to promoting and preserving the disability rights movement in Tennessee. Due to limited resources, we must target whom we serve and the issues on which we focus. DRT focuses its work in the following strategic areas: Freedom from Harm, Freedom from Discrimination, and Freedom to Participate in the Community. Each strategic area promotes the values set forth in the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), which created the Protection & Advocacy System:

Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

The mission of the Coalition is to end domestic and sexual violence in the lives of Tennesseans and to change societal attitudes and institutions that promote and condone violence, through public policy advocacy, education and activities that increase the capacity of programs and communities to address such violence.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Coalition

The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration. Our mission is to build power, amplify our voices, and organize communities to advocate for our rights. Our vision is a stronger, more inclusive Tennessee where people of all nationalities, immigration statuses, and racial identities can belong and thrive.

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors

Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors provides free or low cost, compassionate immigration services to immigrants, educates the public and faith-based communities about issues related to immigration, and advocates for immigrant rights. During their legal clinic appointments, they conduct intake, evaluate immigration and other relevant history, and advise of any available options to change immigration status. Where a form of humanitarian relief is available, they provide direct representation as capacity allows.

Volunteer Lawyers and Professional for the Arts

The Arts & Business Council connects artists and arts organizations with the education, resources, and opportunities they need to thrive from their creative endeavors. To this end, the Arts & Business Council provides pro bono legal and business services to income-qualified artists and creative entrepreneurs of all disciplines, as well as emerging nonprofit arts organizations, through Volunteer Lawyers & Professionals for the Arts (VLPA).

Other Resources

Legal Wellness Checkup

The Legal Wellness Checkup is not legal advice but can help you learn your rights and figure out how to get legal help when you need it. It is free to take the Legal Wellness Checkup. The Legal Wellness Checkup is made for people who live in Tennessee.

Your personal identifying information will not be shared with anyone by the Legal Wellness Checkup.