Apply for Legal Help

All applicants must meet income guidelines to receive services. Spanish speaking staff are available to assist you. Interpreters are available for non-English or Spanish-speaking people. Assistance for the hearing and visually impaired is also available. American Sign Language and other language interpreters are available by appointment.

Client services are provided by telephone or by mail. If ongoing legal representation is needed, eligible applicants may be referred to another legal services office or to a volunteer attorney program.

Submit an Application Online

Applicants may begin an online application form 24 hours a day, seven days per week. Someone from our staff will call you by telephone to finish the application you started online. Please take care when entering your telephone number online. We will not be able to reach you if we do not have your correct telephone number.

Be aware that not all computers are secure. If you use a computer shared by others, they may be able to find out that you have connected to the Legal Aid Line website. If you have concerns about someone else knowing you have contacted us for legal help, we urge you to find a secure computer or contact us by telephone from a safe location.

Call Legal Aid Line

Legal Aid Line telephone lines are open for new applications Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.*

If you are a resident of Allen, Ashland, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Crawford, Darke, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Huron, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Ottawa, Paulding, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, or Wyandot counties, or have an agricultural worker issue anywhere in Ohio:

  • Call toll-free: (888) 534-1432
  • If you live in Lucas County, call: (419) 724-0460
*Hours may vary for holidays or other purposes.

Walk-in Hours of Operation

New applications are accepted in person at any LAWO or ABLE office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.*

*Hours may vary for holidays or other purposes.

What happens when you contact Legal Aid Line?

Please be sure to get your papers and facts together before you apply. Our staff can better assist you if the information you will need is close at hand.

When you call, you will be asked to enter your telephone number for an automated call back. Be sure to enter your 10-digit telephone number carefully. Return calls are made on the same day.

An intake specialist will ask you questions to complete your application. You will be asked to provide financial information for every member of your household. You are also asked other personal questions such as your address, telephone number, marital status, age, and living arrangements. Your personal information is not shared with other organizations, agencies, or law firms without your permission.

You will be asked to describe your legal problem or your question in detail. Once we have all of the information needed, we can determine how best to assist you.