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Legal Resources

General:

Disability Rights Oregon - An organization which promotes opportunity, access, and choice for individuals with disabilities in Oregon.  Click on the "Need Help?" button for contact information and instructions on how to apply for services.

Elders in Action Personal Advocate Services - Advocates can assist residents of Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas Counties who are 60 and older in the areas of housing, healthcare, crime, and elder abuse. 

Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) - Provides representation to low-income Oregonians in civil matters, including: consumer law, family law, government benefits, and housing.  Also has a child support hotline at 1.800.383.1222 on Mondays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  Provides a public benefits hotline to answer questions for individuals having trouble applying for or receiving public benefits such as welfare, social security, and food stamps at 1.800.520.5292 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon, and Monday through Thursday between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic - Provides representation to low income clients, free of charge (clients are responsible for court costs), in a variety of areas of the law

Multnomah County Circuit Court - Click here for information regarding court location, filing fees, and details about court departments.

OregonLawHelp.org - Information on a variety of legal topics in a variety of languages.  Also contains referral information for low-cost legal resources around the state. 

Oregon State Bar Association (OSB) - Click here for more information about the OSB Attorney Referral Service (which guarantees initial consultations with Oregon attorneys for $35), the modest means program (family law, criminal defense, and landlord/tenant matters), general information on a variety of legal topics, and a directory of all licensed Oregon attorneys.

Specific Areas of Law:

Bankruptcy:

United States Bankruptcy Court: District of Oregon - Information for debtors, including tips on preparing and filing your documents, and what happens after you file.

Oregon State Bar Association: Bankruptcy and Debt - Basic information about bankruptcy in Oregon. The Oregon State Bar Association also has free recorded information about bankruptcy, which can be accessed through their Tel-Law system at: 503.620.3000, or 1.800.452.4776.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon: Bankruptcy Information - A plethora of informational materials about bankruptcy provided by Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO).  LASO also holds a free bankruptcy clinic monthly, on Tuesday evenings, and their Multnomah County Office can be reached at: 503.224.4086, or 1.888.610.8764 for more information.

Business:

Lewis & Clark Small Business Legal Clinic - "Provides business transactional legal advice to new and emerging businesses, primarily those owned by women, minorities, and recent immigrants."

Consumer: (Check out our Consumer Law page)

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Oregon Insurance Division Consumer Information and Complaints - Free consumer advocacy line, and information/instructions regarding the complaint process for problems with all types of insurance (health insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, & rental/homeowner insurance) in Oregon.  Also collects and provides statistics regarding complaints against various insurance companies.

Criminal:

Metropolitan Public Defender - A nonprofit law firm which provides legal assistance to individials with criminal matters.  Also holds an expungement clinic periodically (call for details).  Has offices in Portland and Hillsboro.

Employment: (Check out our Employment Law page)

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) - contact them for questions regarding wages and hours worked.

U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - "The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit."

Estate Planning:

State of Oregon Probate and Estates - Free information about wills and trusts.

Family: (check out our Additional Family Law Resources page)

St. Andrews Legal Clinic - Provides family law legal assistance on a sliding scale to residents of Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Columbia Counties in the areas of: child custody, child support, divorce, family abuse prevention, guardianship, paternity, spousal support, step-parent adoption, and visitation/parenting time.

Immigration:

Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services - "Provides high quality immigration legal services to low income immigrants and refugees, and engages in public education, training and community outreach in order to promote justice for all newcomers and conditions for their full participation in American society."

Immigration Counseling Services - A non-profit immigration law firm providing education and legal assistance.

Landlord/Tenant: (Check out our Additional Landlord/Tenant Resources page)

Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) - Tenants' rights organization with a free Renter's Rights Hotline.  Website contains a great deal of information about renter's rights.