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Free and Low-Cost Legal Resources in Utah

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. 

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.

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.)

Timpanogos Legal Center (TLC) Document Clinic

  • Utah County Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Room 1600, Provo
  • 801-649-8895
  • timplegal@gmail.com
  • The TLC document clinic provides assistance (by appointment only) for drafting documents for qualifying self-represented clients. You may either fill out intake forms online or receive help filling them out on Tuesdays from 5:00pm–8:00pm at the Utah County Health and Justice Building.
  • The requirements for receiving assistance are: 
    • the legal issue must relate to family law, renter's law, or elder law;
    • you must be representing yourself;
    • you must meet the income requirements; and
    • you must be either a U.S. citizen or a legal resident.
  • After the intake forms are sent to the TLC, a response is sent within three days informing you as to whether or not you have been approved to receive assistance. Approved clients will have a virtual meeting set up with an attorney who can assist in drafting court documents.

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.

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.

Landlord-Tenant Mediation Program

  • Matheson Courthouse, Third District Salt Lake
  • 801-214-3109 (Heather Lester)
  • heather.lester@utahca.org 
  • Mediation services for landlord-tenant legal issues are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:30pm. Contact Heather Lester by phone (leaving only one message) or by email. This program does not resolve rent disputes or deal with rental assistance.  

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.

Utah Landlord-Tenant Laws

  • This website, created and maintained by the Utah State Courts, lists some Utah laws involving landlords and tenants, including the following: eviction (including a flowchart of the eviction process), abandoned premises, deposit refunds, and tenants' personal property.

Utah Renter's Handbook

  • This hyperlink is to a PDF containing information about Utah housing, as well as landlord-tenant legal issues.

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. 

Medical-Legal Clinic

  • South Main Health Center, 3690 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
  • 801-587-2525
  • This clinic is held the 1st Wednesday of every month from 4:30pm–5:30pm. The clinic handles landlord-tenant issues related to healthcare and accommodations and other legal-related 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.) Call the number above, which is the general number for South Main Clinic, to make an appointment at this legal clinic.

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