We have volunteer attorneys, paralegals,
and others willing to assist you to advocate
for yourself after getting the information
and confidence you need.
You can get many documents to help you with most areas of civil law and court procedures at www.WashingtonLawHelp.org and advocate for yourself. Attorneys write these documents with the goal of people being able to help themselves. Take your time to read through the materials – there are instructions on how to fill out court forms and instructions on what to do and when. You should read through these materials even if you get an appointment with one of our volunteers since this will make you more prepared and allow you to get the most use out of your appointment. Take the initiative to help yourself so our volunteers can get you to the next step of your case.
Kitsap Legal Services does not provide emergency legal help. We have no attorney’s on staff and rely on volunteers.
Appointments are sometimes booked 2-8 weeks in advance.
Pay attention to deadlines and take action for yourself.
Weekly Tenant Clinic (help with landlord disputes)
KITSAP LEGAL SERVICES provides free legal advice for low-income TENANTS facing eviction or other landlord/tenant issues
Every Friday 8:30 am to 10:30 am (must check in by 10:00 am)
No Appointment is Needed
Kitsap County Superior Court
614 Division Avenue, Room 250
Port Orchard, WA 98366
WHO WE SERVE
- Kitsap County residents
- Residential TENANTS only—no commercial/business tenants
- NO LANDLORDS
BRING WITH YOU
- Lease agreement
- Rent receipts or cancelled checks
- All paperwork (eviction notice, summons & complaint, order to show cause, correspondence with landlord, etc.)
WHAT WE DO—Provide FREE Legal Assistance Including:
- Legal Advice for tenants facing eviction or other tenant related issues
- Help answering eviction paperwork
- Negotiation with landlords for eligible tenants facing eviction
- Sometimes we can provide limited representation for eligible tenants at eviction (show cause) hearings
- Referral and resource information
Kitsap Legal Services
HOW TO GET HELP WITH CIVIL (non-criminal) LEGAL ISSUES:
- Contact CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014 to complete the eligibility screening and intake interview. CLEAR is open for calls between 9:15 am and 12:15 pm Monday through Friday. This hotline has attorneys who may be able to help you over the phone the same day you call. CLEAR may refer your case to Kitsap Legal Services and we will call you to schedule an appointment.
- Meet with an advocate who will help you prepare to meet with an attorney.
- You may be scheduled to meet with a volunteer attorney. This appointment is likely to be 1 to 8 weeks into the future. You must continue advocating for yourself while waiting for advice. If your legal issue is something we are unable to assist with, we will do our best to refer you to the most appropriate legal resource for your legal need.
Resources for you to help yourself:
Kitsap Legal Services: For people with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. We have volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and others willing to assist you to advocate for yourself after getting the information and confidence you need. We can take your application, complete a screening and determine your eligibility at our office during open office intake hours. Depending on the availability of our volunteers, we’ll set up an appointment for you to meet with a legal professional who can help you learn what to do to advocate for yourself.
Northwest Justice Project: The statewide civil legal aid organization with the most funding and paid attorneys on the phone and around Washington State. They can provide advice on the phone and direct representation in court. To become eligible by calling CLEAR 1-888-201-1014 or filling out the online application at www.nwjustice.org (their website indicates they will only call you back for loss of government benefits or housing so you still need to call them for all other issues).
Self-help publications: You can get many documents to help you with most areas of civil law and court procedures at www.WashingtonLawHelp.org and advocate for yourself. Attorneys write these documents with the goal of people being able to help themselves. There are also instructions on how to fill out court forms.
Kitsap County Aging and Long Term Care: The local county government has a contract for seniors to receive direct legal assistance in many areas. They contract with Northwest Justice Project to provide screening through CLEAR and then provide attorneys to help seniors on the phone or in-person within Kitsap County. The Kitsap County contact number is 1-800-562-6418 and website is www.kitsapgov.com/altc/communityservices.htm#legal
You will not be able to meet with an attorney during open office hours. During the intake process, you may be given self-help tools and instructions to complete prior to scheduling a future self-help focused consultation with an attorney.
Can we help with your case?
YES — Family (divorce, custody/parenting plans, child/spousal support, domestic violence)
YES — Landlord/Tenant (evictions, landlord disputes)
YES — Bankruptcy/Collections/Garnishments
YES — Immigration
YES — Probate/Wills, Healthcare Directives, Powers of Attorney
NO — Criminal matters
NO — Medical Malpractice
NO — Personal Injury
NO — Business Law/Contracts
NO — Driver’s License Reinstatement
NO — Appeals
If you have a criminal case and need a free lawyer, please contact the Public Defender’s office at (360) 337-7015.
If you have one of the “NO” civil legal issues listed that we are unable to find a volunteer to help you with, then you should contact CLEAR at 1-888-201-1014.
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Disclaimer: The information on this website is offered only for general informational and educational purposes and is not a substitute for legal advice. KLS and its staff do not provide legal advice. Listing of hyperlinks to help you identify and locate potential resources does not imply that KLS is affiliated with those resources.