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Tennessee legal aid and assistance from lawyers.

Free legal aid programs in Tennessee exist to ensure equal access to justice for low and moderate income individuals, the elderly, abused, disabled, and others who can’t afford their own lawyer. The programs help people with civic cases and not criminal. The various non-profit law firms in Tennessee provide free civil legal assistance to tens of thousands of individuals every year.

Housing and foreclosure legal assistance

Receive free legal help if you are seeking assistance with a civic matter that involves a housing matter. The goal is to stop homelessness in the state.

  • Receive free advice from a lawyer if the client has a home foreclosure, loan, predatory or questionable mortgage or if you need help with the purchase of a home.
  • Unpaid rent that may be leading to an eviction. Attorneys represent low income tenants in local Tennessee housing courts.
  • A complaint that you may have regarding repair issues of your home or apartment, or an issue involving the condition of rental property or an apartment.
  • A landlord/tenant dispute on rent, eviction, or any state of Tennessee housing issue.
  • Legal advice for a fair housing issue, such as discrimination based on disability, race, national origin, gender or having children in the family, including accessibility.
  • Subsidized housing issue, such as Section 8 or other HUD government subsidized arrangements, etc. Law firms can help the poor apply for these benefits.




  • Utility company disputes or illegal disconnections may be disputed in Tennessee with the support from pro-bono attorneys.
  • Senior citizens in nursing homes or some other home care program can receive representation on unsafe conditions.

Consumer and debt issues

Many Tennessee families are faced with consumer debt and other financial issues. The free legal assistance programs can provide counseling with these issues as well. Get help if you are encountering issues including debt and contractual issues with home repairs, automobile purchases, warranties, or other. In addition, get advice for any of the issues noted below. Lawyers also ensure payday as well as title loan companies abide by all state laws.





Local aid is offered to consumers that are experiencing a utilities problem that involves a potential disconnection but need your service due to a health or medical issues. Law firms can offer free advice if the utility bill was inaccurate, or you were not charged fairly for your utilities.

Many residents of Tennessee have challenges with creditors or debt collectors. They may contact you regarding a title loan, payday product, or tax refund anticipation loan. Get information on laws in Tennessee that were created to protect consumers.

A creditor has been harassing or contacting you and has threatened arrest, misrepresented your rights or the legal process for debt collection. Or get help if the collector contacted you after you told them to stop, especially if you told them, in writing, to stop. Assistance is given if the creditor got you fired or caused you to lose your job, your credit report is inaccurate, or if a collector has misrepresented your debt.

Attorneys in Tennessee can even provide free foreclosure services and information on housing programs. Get help from a lawyer if your home was foreclosed and you have a mortgage deficiency that is in an amount that is greater than 20% of the amount owed on the mortgage at the time of the foreclosure filing.

Tennessee legal help for domestic and family cases

Receive free legal advice for the following cases. They need to be civil as well. Criminal domestic cases in Tennessee will not qualify for free legal support.

  • You are the victim of domestic violence.
  • If you need help with the adoption of a child, whether locally or in another state or country.
  • You are filing for separation and / or a divorce.
  • If you need legal assistance or free representation with a termination of parental rights.




Government programs, income, and health

Non-profit law firms in Tennessee may be able to help you in cases that involve government assistance programs, Much of the advice from a lawyer will have to do with applying for benefits. Get help in learning about health or medical issues, as well as maintaining income.

  • Federal or State government food stamp or TANF eligibility issues.
  • Help with a Social Security or Supplemental Security initial disability claim that has not yet been seen by a judge. Find how to get help with disability claims from lawyers as well as advocates.
  • Medicaid eligibility issues and application process.
  • Families First issues.
  • Get free legal advice to help with a TennCare claim for a child(ren) in state custody.
  • An unemployment compensation claim or illegal firing from a job.
  • Government veterans benefits and assistance programs.

Contacts for Tennessee legal assistance programs

Legal Aid of East Tennessee - This non-profit organization provides legal services to qualifying low income individuals in 26 east Tennessee counties from Chattanooga to Johnson City. They have offices in Chattanooga, Cleveland, Johnson City, Knoxville, Maryville, and Morristown. For more information, contact information and locations go to

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands - The non-profit law firm employs lawyers who provide free advice and representation to the middle part of the state. They operate 8 offices that serve 48 Tennessee counties. Their main offices are located in Clarksville, Columbia, Cookeville, Gallatin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma. Contact them at 1-800-238-1443, or find more information on help from Legal Aid Society.





Memphis Area Legal Services - Serves Memphis Tennessee and the counties of Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton. Call them at 901-523-8822 to learn about the free legal programs they administer.

West Tennessee Legal Services - Operates in the western part of Tennessee. They have offices in Jackson, Dyersburg, Huntingdon, and Selmer. You can reach them at 731-423-0616.


By Jon McNamara

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