Do you need legal help?

I was treated fairly, with great concern and respect, I received very helpful advice from a very competent attorney.”

– LAW Advocates Client

Do you have a problem with your landlord?

Do you have questions about your rights as a tenant? Are you worried about being evicted? Or, do you own a mobile home and have a problem with the mobile home park?

Tenant Clinic

Every Friday (except Whatcom County holidays—see holiday schedule here)

12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Please check in by 1:30 pm

Whatcom County Courthouse 5thFloor
311 Grand Ave. Bellingham, WA

Drop-in to speak with a lawyer free

Bring a copy of your rental agreement (lease) and any other documents related to your case (for example, eviction notice or anything else from your landlord).

This program does not assist landlords. If you are a landlord needing legal help, please see the WSBA Legal Directory to find an attorney to hire.

Learn more about Tenant’s Rights, Eviction, Housing Discrimination and other issues here. 

UPCOMING DATES

Fri 21

Tenant Clinic

June 21 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
311 Grand Avenue, 5th floor
Fri 28

Tenant Clinic

June 28 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
311 Grand Avenue, 5th floor
Jul 05

Tenant Clinic

July 5 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
311 Grand Avenue, 5th floor
Jul 12

Tenant Clinic

July 12 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
311 Grand Avenue, 5th floor
Jul 19

Tenant Clinic

July 19 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
311 Grand Avenue, 5th floor

FULL CALENDAR

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Do you need ID?

Access ID

Help getting a Washington State ID

Two Saturdays per month 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Downtown Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Ave. Bellingham

Non-attorney volunteers help with ordering needed documents (such as birth certificates, school transcripts, and others) and connecting clients with financial resources to pay for those documents.

If your driver’s license was suspended, this program CANNOT help with getting it back. Learn more about getting it back here.

UPCOMING DATES

Jul 06

Access ID

July 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue
Aug 03

Access ID

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue
Aug 17

Access ID

August 17 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue

FULL CALENDAR

Are you struggling with debt?

Do you want to talk to an attorney about filing for bankruptcy?

Consumer Debt Clinic


To Get Connected:
Call CLEAR: 1-888-201-1014
Monday-Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm
Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Talk to an attorney at CLEAR who will screen you for eligibility, may be able to offer you initial legal advice, and may refer you to LAW Advocates for assistance from a volunteer attorney. Talking to CLEAR first helps LAW Advocates volunteer attorneys better prepare to assist you.

 

Learn more about Money & Debt here. 

Are you a victim of a scam? Or have you been taken advantage of by a lender?

Or have you been taken advantage of by a lender?

Talk to an attorney at CLEAR who will screen you for eligibility, may be able to offer you initial legal advice, and may refer you to LAW Advocates for assistance from a volunteer attorney. Talking to CLEAR first helps LAW Advocates volunteer attorneys better prepare to assist you.

Call CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014,
Mon – Fri between 9:15am – 12:15pm.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at
1-888-387-7111.

Learn more about Consumer Fraud & Contracts here.

Want to talk to a lawyer free?

Street Law

Talk to a Lawyer Free

Our Volunteer Lawyers provide free, brief consultations
Bring any papers related to your case.

Two Saturdays per month 1:00 – 4:00 pm (Dates Vary)
at the Downtown Bellingham Public Library or some Wednesdays during the academic year at Whatcom Community College Heiner Building.

 

Street Law at the Library

Jul 06

Street Law @ the Library

July 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue
Jul 20

Street Law @ the Library

July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue
Aug 03

Street Law @ the Library

August 3 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
210 Central Avenue

Street Law at WCC

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Are you homeless or fearing homelessness?

Do you want advice related to income and housing, including benefits?

Homeless Disability Benefits Advocacy

Talk to a lawyer free.

Learn more about Public Benefits here.

Tue 25

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1415 Commercial St.
Wed 26

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2750 McLeod Road
Jul 02

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1415 Commercial St.

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Are you a veteran with a legal problem related to housing?

Veteran Advocacy

Talk to a lawyer free.

Tuesdays 1:00 – 2:00 pm
LAW Advocates Office
1415 Commercial Street

Wednesdays Noon-1:00 pm
Maple Alley Inn at Faith Lutheran Church
2750 McLeod Rd, Bellingham

Learn more about Public Benefits and Veterans Benefits here.

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UPCOMING DATES

Tue 25

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

June 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1415 Commercial St.
Wed 26

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

June 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
2750 McLeod Road
Jul 02

Homeless Disability Advocacy & Veterans Advocacy

July 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1415 Commercial St.

FULL CALENDAR

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Do you need help getting legal custody of a child in your care?

Kinship Custody Clinic

In partnership with Opportunity Council, LAW Advocates provides information about the procedures and issues involved with obtaining a non-parental custody order for a relative or unrelated person (often grandparents, aunts/uncles, or family friends). A family law lawyer will assist clients with court documents and instruct them in representing themselves in court to obtain a non-parental custody order.
Call LAW Advocates for more information and to register: 360-671-6079

Learn more about Non-Parents Caring for Children here.

 

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Do you need a will or power of attorney documents?

LAW Advocates has Wills & Powers of Attorney Clinics for seniors, people with disabilities, and people with terminal illnesses who need help with these documents or need referral to a pro bono attorney.

Call LAW Advocates for more information: 360-671-6079

Learn more about Wills & Estate Planning here.

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Do you need a parenting plan?

LAW Advocates assists survivors of domestic violence (including emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse) with parenting plans through our Domestic Violence Parenting Plan Clinic.

Contact Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services for a referral to this program by calling 360-715-1563.

Learn more about Parenting Plans and access forms and instructions here: https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/family-law/parenting-plans-residential-time 

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

Have you experienced discrimination or a civil rights violation?

Founded in 2001, the Whatcom Civil Rights Project (WCRP) is a joint endeavor of LAW Advocates and the Whatcom Peace and Justice Center.

WCRP brings together community members and volunteer attorneys to investigate claims of discrimination. WCRP provides assistance to those who believe they have suffered from discrimination based on a legally protected characteristic such as:
• race, color, or national origin
• creed or ethnicity
• age
• religion
• sex
• sexual orientation
• familial or marital status
• disability

Need Legal Help related to discrimination or a civil rights violation?

Call WCRP: 360-734-0217

Leave a detailed message with your name, a good contact number or information with a good time at which you can be reach, and a brief description of your question or situation.

Learn More: www.whatcomcivilrightsproject.org

Some online resources WCRP has to offer include hate crime reporting, racial profiling reporting, and lgbtq+ resources and support.

Don’t see your question?

Don’t see your question?

To hire an attorney to help, visit the WSBA Legal Directory.

You may also call the statewide legal aid hotline, CLEAR, to speak with an attorney and potentially be referred for additional assistance, if eligible:

1-888-201-1014
Monday – Friday 9:15 am – 12:15 pm

It can sometimes be difficult to get through. Don’t be discouraged—keep calling until you reach someone.

Seniors (age 60+) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111

What We Can’t  Help With:

  • Criminal Law
  • Public Entitlements
  • Contingency Fee Cases
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Torts

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