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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

Utah Legal Services (ULS)

  • 455 N. University Avenue, Suite 10, Provo and 205 N. 400 W., Salt Lake City (There are offices in St. George and Ogden too. Check the website for locations and phone numbers for those offices.)
  • 801-374-6766 (Provo), 801-328-8891 (within Salt Lake County), and Toll Free 1-800-622-4245 (outside Salt Lake County)
  • ULS provides free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income people in Utah. Low income means individuals and families (1) that are within 200% (This percentage is subject to change.) of the federal poverty guideline (which is available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines) and (2) who have very limited assets. ULS works with the following types of issues and groups: family law, victims of domestic violence, housing and landlord-tenant disputes, public benefits issues (for example, SSI and SDSI benefits, food stamps, unemployment, Medicaid, and other financial assistance), consumer and expungement assistance, senior citizens, Native Americans, and farm workers. Open hours: 8:00am–5:00pm. New clients may speed up the process by filling out the online intake form. (at https://ulsoi.legalserver.org/modules/matter/extern_intake.php?pid=4&h=638cee). ULS can only take a limited number of the cases they receive. ULS will take cases if 1) the cases qualify as the types of issues for which ULS offers services (in other words, protective order, stalking injunction, etc.) OR the clients meet low-income requirements, and 2) the cases meet the level of higher domestic violence. If a person does not qualify for ULS, he/she should consider the Utah County Family Justice Center.

Utah State Bar Modest Means Referral Program

  • 801-297-7049 (Generally, someone is available from 8:00am–5:00pm to answer any questions over the phone about how the program works.)
  • This program helps people in Utah with modest earnings find a lawyer offering discounted rates to match their incomes. To qualify, your income must be between 125%–300% of the federal poverty line (which is listed at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines). Persons who qualify will be referred to a lawyer who charges up to $75 an hour or a corresponding flat fee. Hourly or flat-fee services often require advance payment (a retainer). Areas of legal help are limited to the following issues: adoption and guardianship (including minors and protected persons who are adults), appeals, bankruptcy, consumer law, criminal law, criminal law (in juvenile court), expungements, family law (divorce, protective order, etc.), foreclosures, landlord-tenant, mechanics lien, real property, small claims, traffic violations, wills, trusts, estates, or probate. To see if you qualify, go to the website and complete the interactive intake application. Once you have completed the web form, the website will immediately notify you as to whether or not you qualify for the program. If you qualify, you will be directed to a webpage that prompts you to provide credit card information. This information is needed in order to provide a $25 non-refundable deposit to cover the first 30 minutes of your case consultation with an attorney. After you have submitted your information and paid your deposit, the Modest Means Program will email you two referrals to attorneys in your area who may be able to help with your case. If for some reason neither referral works out (for example, you do not like them, or they are unable to take your case for whatever reason), you can reply to the email from Modest Means Program, and they will send you additional referrals. 

Street Law Legal Clinic

  • Horizonte School, in the cafeteria, 1234 South Main Street, Salt Lake City
  • Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law at University of Utah, this clinic is held the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Tuesday nights of each month (except holidays) from 5:00pm–6:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic deals with consumer issues, employment law, housing issues, discrimination, etc. Legal volunteers at the clinic provide advice; however they do not provide legal representation. (The volunteer attorneys will not file anything with the court for you or appear in court on your behalf.) Interviews last anywhere from 30–60 minutes, depending on the issue. The clinic targets low-income individuals, but there is no income requirement.

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