Washington State

Office of the Attorney General

Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

Overview
The legal process can be confusing and often intimidating for anyone. Unfortunately, the realities and results of military service can sometimes create additional barriers to accessing our justice system.

The Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance was created for the purposes of promoting and facilitating civil legal assistance programs, pro bono services, and self-help services for military service members, Veterans, and their families. As part of its efforts, the Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance identifies programs and maintains the following registry so that military service members and Veterans have a single source of information about the various legal assistance resources uniquely available to them.

More specifically, below you will find:
 

The Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance can connect volunteer attorneys and civil legal assistance programs to qualifying military service members and veterans who need help with select civil legal issues. You can request help using the button below.
Event Calendar
The Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance compiles information about upcoming events and opportunities exclusively offering civil legal assistance for Washington's military service members and Veterans. For additional details about the events, such as how to sign-up to request or receive legal help, please contact the sponsoring organization. While every effort is made to provide comprehensive information, please reach out to the Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance if you have any questions or details about events not listed here. Please note events and/or event details are subject to change.
 
NOVEMBER, 2019
November
 
15
 
Friday
Stand Down
7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | 515 Eastside St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501
An Employment Preparation Event for Veterans who do not have permanent employment, a permanent address, and who are living in alternative housing or shelters, with opportunity to meet with legal aid/support. Visit www.dva.wa.gov/thurston-county-veterans-stand-down for additional information.
 
November
 
16
 
Saturday
Stand Down
9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Memorial Hall, 210 W Franklin St., Shelton, WA 98584
Resource fair and event open to all Veterans offering various services, including limited legal aid. More information available at www.masoncountyveterans.com.
 
November
 
16
 
Saturday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Seattle VA Medical Ctr. Bldg. 101, 1660 S Columbian Way, Seattle, WA 98108
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with basic will preparation, driver's license restoration, small claims assitsance, and select family law issues. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
November
 
21
 
Thursday
TacomaProBono's USO Transition Services Legal Clinic
6-8 p.m. | 9881 Bridgeport Way SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
Open to Veterans, active service members and their families regarding any legal issue, including VA benefits questions. Call TacomaProBono at (253) 572-5134 for more information or to request an appointment.
DECEMBER, 2019
December
 
12
 
Thursday
Seattle Stand Down (Day 1)
8 a.m.-4 p.m. | South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave S, Seattle WA 98108
The Seattle Stand Down provides a place where veterans can have "one stop" access to various community and Veterans Affairs (federal, state and county) social services, focusing primarily on those veterans and families that are either homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
 
December
 
13
 
Friday
Seattle Stand Down (Day 2)
8 a.m.-2 p.m. | South Seattle College Georgetown Campus, 6737 Corson Ave. S, Seattle WA 98108
The Seattle Stand Down provides a place where veterans can have "one stop" access to various community and Veterans Affairs (federal, state and county) social services, focusing primarily on those veterans and families that are either homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless.
 
JANUARY, 2020
January
 
21
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Seattle, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
January
 
30
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Lacey, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
FEBRUARY, 2020
February
 
18
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Lakewood, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
February
 
27
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Spokane Valley, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
MARCH, 2020
March
 
17
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Seattle, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
March
 
26
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Everett, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
APRIL, 2020
April
 
21
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Lakewood, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
April
 
30
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Bellingham, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
MAY, 2020
May
 
19
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Seattle, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
May
 
28
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Spokane Valley, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
JUNE, 2020
June
 
16
 
Tuesday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
4-7 p.m. | Lakewood, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
 
June
 
25
 
Thursday
Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance Legal Clinic
3-6 p.m. | Bremerton, WA
Open to military personnel and Veterans needing assistance with a variety of civil legal issues. Specific issues covered to be determined based on need and volunteer availability. Call the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance at (206) 464-6431 for more information or to request an appointment.
Legal Service Providers & Programs
WA Attorney General’s Office of Military & Veteran Legal Assistance
www.atg.wa.gov/veteran-and-military-resources
The Attorney General’s Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance works to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to help Washington’s military service members and Veterans. Through the office’s M.E.D.A.L. Program, the office can connect military service members, including members of the Guard and Reserve, to volunteer attorneys willing to help with select civil legal issues.
To seek help: Military service members should first contact the nearest military legal assistance office in Washington State, which can connect military personnel to application materials.
Armed Forces Legal Assistance Program
http://legalassistance.law.af.mil
For military personnel and their families, the Armed Forces Legal Assistance Program serves as a source of legal information, including free legal services and attorney advice. Each branch of the Armed Forces has specific regulations explaining the legal services they provide. Specific services may vary by installation based on available resources and expertise of the legal assistance attorneys.
To seek help: Use the link above to locate the nearest legal assistance office and its contact information.
Northwest Justice Project - Veterans Project
www.nwjustice.org/veterans
Northwest Justice Project (NJP), a statewide legal aid program, provides free legal assistance and representation to financially eligible individuals facing certain civil legal problems. NJP has a Veterans Project offering services focused towards the needs of Veterans, including a medical-legal partnership program at the Seattle VA hospital.
To seek help: If you live in King County, call 211. If you live outside King County, you may apply by calling the CLEAR hotline at 1-888-201-1014 (M-F 9:15 am to 12:15 pm) or by using the online application.
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
www.tacomaprobono.org/c2d.html
The Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association's Volunteer Legal Services Program offers help to Veterans, active military service members, and their families through three regular legal clinics:
  • Disabled Veterans Clinic at American Lake: For residents at the American Lake Domiciliary.
  • Pierce County Prosecutor's Family Law Clinic for Veterans: Volunteers attorneys offer assistance with family law matters in Pierce County courts.
  • USO Transition Services Legal Clinic: Advice for military service members, Veterans, and their families on all civil legal issues.
To seek help: Call 253-572-5134 or email vls@tacomaprobono.org.
WA Vets Will Clinic
www.wavetswillclinic.com
The WA Vets Will Clinic offers free estate planning documents to eligible Veterans of the Armed Forces at annual pro bono clinic events held at different locations around the state.
To seek help: Clinic events are by appointment only and individuals must apply online at www.wavetswillclinic.com/sign-up.
Washington State Veterans Bar Association
www.wsvba.org
The Washington State Veterans Bar Association (WSVBA) is a professional association of attorneys and law students who are Veterans. WSVBA advocates for the legal needs and interests of Washington Veterans.
To seek help: Contact the WSBVA to seek civil legal assistance online at www.wsbva.org/contact-us.
National Veterans Legal Services Program
www.nvlsp.org
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) offers pro bono legal help to Veterans with proceedings before military administrative discharge boards, military medical and physical disability evaluation boards, military discharge review agencies, VA regional offices, the Board of Veterans' Appeals, and the courts that review the decisions of these agencies.
To seek help: Complete an online questionnaire to determine if NVLSP can offer assistance that is available at www.nvlsp.org/what-we-do/lawyers-serving-warriors.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
www.vetsprobono.org
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides free legal representation to eligible unrepresented Veterans on their appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and also offers assistance with discharge upgrades.
To seek help: Use the following link to apply for services: www.vetsprobono.org/apply.
 
*Note:

While the Attorney General's Office works to connect members of the public to legal assistance, state law otherwise generally prohibits the Attorney General's Office from representing private individuals in court, whether it is to bring an action on behalf of a private individual or to defend a private individual. Similarly, while the office may answer questions of a general nature, the office is not authorized to provide direct legal advice to individuals on personal matters.

Persons needing legal representation should consult a private attorney, potentially accessed through the providers and programs listed above. If you need to talk with an lawyer but do not know an attorney in your area, you may access the Washington State Bar Association's (WSBA) Lawyer Directory to search by city. WSBA's website also include information on lawyer referral services and a reduced-fee legal help program.
Legal Information Resources
RepWAVets.org
www.RepWAVets.org
RepWAVets.org is Northwest Justice Project’s legal information resource for Veterans and advocates, offering important information about how best to help Veterans and guidance in navigating the federal bureaucracy.
WashingtonLawHelp.org
www.washingtonlawhelp.org/issues/veterans-military
WashingtonLawHelp.org is an online guide providing basic information on a number of legal issues, including information specific to military service members and Veterans. In some cases, it also offers detailed instructions and forms to help Washington residents represent themselves in court.
Stateside Legal
www.statesidelegal.org
Stateside Legal provides legal information, including interactive forms and videos, and self-help tools for service members, Veterans, and their families.
Home Front (American Bar Association)
www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/milvets/aba_home_front/
The American Bar Association's Home Front is an online resource to help military service members, Veterans, and their families find information about a variety of legal issues. It also features a national directory of resources and programs for military families.
Swords to Plowshares
www.swords-to-plowshares.org/guides
Swords to Plowshares is a California-based nonprofit focused on serving Veterans that publishes self-help guides on a number of legal issues.
Legal Checkup™
veteranslegalcheckup.com
Created in partnership with the American Bar Association and others, Legal Checkup™ is a free online tool for Veterans to help them identify legal needs and offers suggestions for paths to resolving those issues.
Service Members Law Center
www.roa.org/page/lawcenter
The Service Members Law Center provides resources, links and information on the laws governing the relationship between service members in the Reserve components and their civilian employers.
 
*Note:

The Attorney General's Office strives to keep the information above as accurate and up to date as possible. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact the Pro Bono Manager of the Attorney General's Office of Military and Veteran Legal Assistance by using the online contact form or by calling 206-464-6431.

  

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