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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

Utah County Family Justice Center (FJC)

  • Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Room 1600, Provo
  • 801-851-8508
  • The FJC is a free walk-in clinic comprised of volunteer attorneys and law students. The clinic is open every Tuesday night from 5:00pm–8:00pm. No appointment is needed. Bring any relevant court documents with you, and be prepared for a wait. The FJC primarily handles family law issues, but it also works with elder law topics and answers basic questions regarding low-income housing. Immigration help is also available during the first Tuesday of every month. The Family Justice Center offers services from the Department of Workforce Services, Community Action Services and Food Bank, Provo City Housing Authority, Victim Advocates, Utah Legal Services, Division of Child and Family Services, and Centro Hispano. (Other useful resources can be found on the FJC's website.) To be eligible, your income must be below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, which are available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.

Utah Court's Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP)

  • The Utah Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) is the official State of Utah website for assistance in preparing court documents if you are not able to have an attorney draft them for you. You may use this program for free. If you file OCAP documents on a case requiring a filing fee, a $20.00 document preparation fee will be added to the court filing fees. This program is a service of the Utah Courts and State Legislature. The types of cases available using OCAP are: domestic cases, enforcing domestic orders, guardian and conservatorship, garnishment, protective/stalking orders, landlords and tenants, and small claims. 

Timpanogos Legal Center (TLC)

  • Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Room 1600, Provo
  • 801-649-8895
  • The TLC is a free walk-in clinic that is a part of the Utah County Family Justice Center (FJC) and is comprised of volunteer attorneys and law students. The center provides services for divorce, custody, or family law related issues; immigration; housing; and elder law. Clients are helped on a first-come-first-served basis. The center prefers that new clients come in person to the center, as opposed to contacting the center by phone. The center is open every Tuesday night from 5:00pm–8:00pm, except the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. To be eligible to utilize the center's services, your income must be below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. (The guidelines are available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.)

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 Marriage and Divorce Laws

  • This PDF is maintained and updated yearly by BYU Law librarians. It contains a summary of current Utah domestic relations law. Current legal forms and sample filing documents are included in the Appendix. It was last updated in Winter 2019.

Guardianship and Advocacy Providers

  • Cedar Hills, UT
  • 801-785-1629
  • The phone number is a home phone number, so simply explain that you are looking for help with guardianship, and you will be directed to the right person to help you. This person can assist and guide people through the guardianship process and help people look up legal resources. He will also refer people to clinics if they need further help.

Family Law Free Clinic

  • 450 S. State St., Salt Lake City (in the Matheson Courthouse, Room W-19)
  • Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law at University of Utah, the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake City, the University of Utah's Women's Resource Center, and the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar, this clinic is held the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00pm–7:30pm, excluding holidays. The clinic answers questions related to family law, child custody, divorce, and protective orders. 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. To qualify for assistance, your income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, available at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines.

Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake: Family Law

  • 205 N. 400 W., Salt Lake City
  • 801-328-8849
  • This organization helps with family law cases for persons living in Salt Lake County. Domestic violence victims may receive assistance, regardless of income or citizenship status, by coming in person to any Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake satellite locations. To be eligible for other family law assistance, persons must be at or below 200% of the poverty guidelines (provided on the website and at https://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty-guidelines), and fill out the online application. Persons representing themselves in a family law matter can also receive limited legal assistance with the Legal Aid Assisted Pro Se program; this program is free and is faster than applying for full representation with Legal Aid Society.

Centro Hispano/Community Law Help for Immigrants

  • 817 South Freedom Blvd., Provo
  • 801-655-0258
  • Centro Hispano's mission is to help empower Hispanics to have equal access to the information and resources they need in order to strengthen individuals, families, and communities through education and skill-building activities.
  • Central Hispano provides bilingual services to Hispanic community members. We offer services such as walk-in consultations for information and referrals, free adult education classes, legal assessments, low-income tax payer assistance, and health promotion and wellness activities.  
  • They also may have a representative who is at the Utah County Family Justice Center on Tuesday nights. It is recommended that you see the representative at the Utah County Family Justice Center, rather than at the Centro Hispano building if you require legal assistance.

Legal Clinic for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

  • Sanderson Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 5709 S. 1500 W., Taylorsville
  • 801-860-4860; 801-657-5200 for the video phone
  • lauriebishop@utah.gov
  • This clinic is held the third Wednesday of every other month from 3:00pm–5:00pm. An appointment is required. Call or schedule via email. During your appointment, you may speak with Utah Legal Services' attorneys on matters concerning employment discrimination, social security, food stamps, Medicaid/Medicare, landlord/tenant issues, discrimination, divorce, and custody. Interpreters will be provided. Clinics are for advice only. If you would like to retain an attorney, call 801-328-8891 or 1-800-622-4245.

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. 

Community Legal Clinic: Ogden

  • LDS Employment Center, 435 N. Wall Avenue, Suite B, Harrisville, UT 84404 
  • This clinic is held the 2nd Thursday of every month, except holidays, from 5:00pm–6:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic deals with questions related to immigration, such as citizenship, status, deportation, visas, and family law. 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.

Community Legal Clinic: Salt Lake (formerly the Immigration Clinic)

  • LDS Employment Center, 780 W. 800 S., Salt Lake City
  • Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, this clinic is held on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 5:00pm–6:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic answers questions related to immigration, family law, and general legal issues. 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. 

Rainbow Law Free Clinic

  • Utah Pride Center, 1380 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City
  • Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law at University of Utah, the OUTLaws, and the Pride Center, this clinic is held the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6:00pm–7:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic deals with LGBT issues related to employment, estate planning, family law, 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. Parking is limited, so public transportation is encouraged. The Library TRAX station is right in front of the building. 

Community Legal Clinic: Sugarhouse

  • Deseret Industries Building, 2140 S. 800 E., Salt Lake City
  • This clinic is held the 3rd Thursday of every month, except holidays, from 5:00pm–6:30pm. No appointment is necessary. The clinic deals with questions related to immigration, such as citizenship, status, deportation, visas, and family law. 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.

WomensLaw.org

  • This website provides legal information for victims by state, and the Utah page may have useful information. 

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