FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Bainbridge Island One Call For All fundraising has begun!

Please support civil legal aid in our local community.

Kitsap Legal Services part of Bainbridge Island One Call For AllYOU can make a difference by giving: click the above image or this link to give:

http://onecallforall.org/kitsap-legal-services/

Kitsap Legal Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and all donations are tax deductible. We receive less than half our needed funding from government sources and thus rely on YOU donating money in support of the work to help hundreds of low-income neighbors in Kitsap County get the basic civil legal help they need to protect children, families, the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities. With YOUR help we can facilitate attorneys, paralegals, and personal advocates (emotional support, paperwork organization, teach self-help skills) to help create a better community. On average each $1 you donate will provide $7 of civil legal aid to stop domestic violence, reduce homelessness, protect children, help with end-of-life legal paperwork, help people get disability benefits, and many other civil law needs. YOU can make a REAL difference with your support.

To donate: go to the Bainbridge One Call For All and choose Kitsap Legal Services (links above), click the “donate” button on our website (www.KitsapLegalServices.org), call 360-479-6125, or email Donate@KitsapLegalServices.org.

PROGRAMS OFFERED BY KITSAP LEGAL SERVICES

Free (pro bono) legal assistance. If qualified, volunteer attorneys provide different levels of assistance in areas established as priorities by our Board of Directors. Representation might consist of reviewing documents to give you advice, preparation of legal documents, negotiations, or preparation for and attendance at hearings.

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 low-income tenants may meet with attorneys at the Kitsap County Superior Court (see the Housing Justice Project tab). 

Clinics Bainbridge SuquamishCommunity 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.

photo 1Volunteer attorneys. 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.

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. You can also find more information on eligibility at their website www.NWJustice.org or self-help materials at www.WashingtonLawHelp.org.

NWJustice webpage captureWALawHelp webpage captureQuestions? Contact us at 360 479-6125 or Kitsap Legal Services, PO Box 1446, 920 Park Avenue, Bremerton, WA 98337. In-office meetings are by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Coming to the office without an appointment will most likely result in providing the CLEAR phone number below to determine eligibility or to receive your name and phone number so someone can call you later.

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.

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