PROGRAMS OFFERED BY KITSAP LEGAL SERVICES
Free (pro bono) legal representation. If qualified, volunteer attorneys provide full representation in areas established as priorities by our Board of Directors. Representation might consist of preparation of legal documents, negotiations, or preparation for and attendance at hearings. In 2012, Kitsap County attorneys collectively donated more than 1900 hours of pro bono service to KLS and KLS clients.
Advice and counsel. KLS Advice Clinics are fundamental to our program. Individuals receive free attorney consultations for answers to legal questions, document review, and guidance. Clinics are held in Bremerton, Suquamish, Bainbridge Island, and Port Orchard. Every Friday morning tenants may meet with attorneys at the Kitsap County Superior Court (see the Housing Justice Project tab).
Community education. KLS provides community education activities throughout the year, including speaking to groups of low-income individuals, as well as area agencies that serve similar client populations. KLS also hosts Continuing Legal Education seminars.
Pro bono representation. The volunteer attorneys are not employees of KLS, but are independently licensed professionals. Any attorney-client relationship is with that attorney. KLS and organizations that fund KLS or refer individuals to KLS do not guarantee and are not responsible for the quality of legal services provided.
ATTORNEY REFERRAL SERVICE. KLS also administers the Attorney Referral Service which refers people, without respect to income, to local attorneys who provide an initial half-hour consultation for a prepaid $50 fee. To contact the Attorney Referral Service, please use our web form.
KLS Eligibility. To receive free legal services, the prospective client must be low-income, must reside in Kitsap County, and the legal issue must be in Kitsap County. Intake and eligibility screening is conducted through CLEAR by calling toll-free 1-888-201-1014, Monday through Friday, 9:15 am to 12:15 pm.
Questions? Contact us at 360 479-6125 or Kitsap Legal Services, PO Box 1446, 920 Park Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337.
KLS is a member organization of the Alliance for Equal Justice, the umbrella network of civil legal aid programs for low-income populations in Washington State. CLEAR is the Northwest Justice Project’s Statewide Coordinated Legal Education, Advice, & Referral system at 1-888-201-1014.