Monday, March 19, 2012

NWLS Online Application for Legal Aid

Application for civil legal aid from NWLS is now available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The NWLS website, www.nwls.org , has an online application that enables people to request legal services via the Internet. This feature is especially helpful to low-income individuals who cannot call the NWLS central intake unit during normal business hours.

Please be aware that an online application for legal aid does not guarantee that you will receive services from NWLS. Applicants must still meet income and asset guidelines established by the federal government, and have a type of civil case that is accepted as part of our program priorities.

When you apply for legal aid online, a staff member from the intake unit will get back to you on the status of your request no later than 5 business days from the time of your application.

If you have a legal emergency that requires immediate attention, such as a sheriff sale scheduled for your personal property, or the need for a protection from abuse order, do not use the online application. Give our central intake unit a phone call as soon as possible at (toll-free) 800-665-6957, or in Erie at 452-6957. The unit is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When you do use an online application, be careful that your contact information is correct so we are able to get back in touch with you.

The NWLS online application was created with funding from a special project grant by the Pennsylvania Interest on Lawyers Trust Account (PA IOLTA).

NWLS Online Application at www.nwls.org