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Free legal assistance programs in Nevada.

If you can’t afford an attorney, Nevada Legal Services (NLS) provides free legal advice and assistance to income qualified residents. They help thousands of individuals and families each and every year, including seniors. They mainly assist low and moderate income Nevadans with a wide variety of services. For example, people can get legal help from an attorney to deal with foreclosure and housing assistance, termination and denials of welfare benefits, unemployment compensation, and help in applying for social security benefits.

In addition, they also assist and represent people who are facing the loss of public and government benefits that are administered by the federal government or the Nevada Division of Welfare and Supportive Services. Staff from NLS can deal with Food Stamps, Medicaid and various Medicaid programs such as Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) and Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB), TANF assistance, and medical assistance for pregnant women and children. Also, the NLS non-profit agency also assists clients who may be appealing a denial of their application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the federal government Social Security Administration.

Another service is provided for people who are facing garnishment of their wages or attachment of their bank accounts. NLS may provide assistance and in some cases representation to these people. The goal it to stop the attachment or garnishment of property and/or wages that are exempt from execution.

Receive free legal advice if you are facing an eviction from your apartment. They can also help with landlord tenant matters or disputes. While it is mostly eviction defense, they can also provide counsel and represent tenants whose landlords have engaged in illegal eviction or other housing actions.

If you have tax problems, Nevada Legal Services may be able to offer help from the LITC program. They assist individuals with solving tax controversies that are more than 2 years old or filing past due taxes. They can help a taxpayer negotiate with the IRS, and find a solution to both state and federal government tax problems. Last, but not least, they also assist with answering tax questions or information regarding Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) or Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).





All locations offer the programs and free legal assistance mentioned above, however some offices have their own unique programs they administer. Applicants need to also meet all qualifications in place.

Reno Nevada

Some unique, free legal programs offered include one seasonal option during the tax season. They offer an extensive free tax preparation service to low-income Nevadans to assist people with receiving tax credits and benefits. They formed a partnership with the United Way known as the Project Payback, and this initiative seeks to help as many individuals across the Reno Nevada area as possible file tax returns to receive any refunds they are due. (775-284-3491)

Carson City legal support

The local NLS office provides free legal services to individual Native Americans and advocates on behalf of tribes throughout Nevada. So they offer most of the services indicated above, along with special services for this group. In addition, the Carson City office of NLS also offers free tax preparation services to Nevadans with low incomes, and this ca help people receive tax credits and refunds. (775-883-0404)





Las Vegas

Legal assistance for dealing with a foreclosure is available for homeowners who are facing the loss of their homes. This is under high demand in the area. Struggling borrowers may seek assistance at NLS and receive information on their options to avoid and/or stop the foreclosure of their homes. (702-386-0404)

Las Vegas also has a separate non-profit organization that is providing free legal counsel to people with mortgage problems, or who may be facing a foreclosure filing. Read more on how this option may be able to help you.

In addition, the Tenant's Rights Center assists individuals who are renting their home and are considered to be tenants. Attorneys will help people prepare pleadings to defend against evictions in court pro se (which is without the assistance of an attorney). Most of this is provided as part of the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada.

But the services do not stop there, as the non-profit agency will also provides information and free services to tenants on a wide range of landlord tenant matters. Another program offered is that on one day a week private attorney will donate their time and advice to provide brief counsel and also possibly represent tenants facing eviction as part of the Tenant's Rights Center. More on Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada programs.



By Jon McNamara

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