How to Get Help

To qualify, candidates must:

  • Have a household income at or below 125% of federal poverty level; about $15,000 for a family of one, $31,000 for a family of four
  • Be a legal U.S. resident
  • Need assistance resolving a civil legal issue related to housing, finances, family law, or be a veteran in need of legal assistance on a civil law issue
Kinds of Legal Issues We Focus On

We cannot accept the following kinds of cases:

  • Criminal cases
  • Lawsuits — such as personal injury or workers compensation — where clients are seeking money damages
  • Appeals

Where to go:

Civil Legal Help Desk
Monday & Thursday  8:30 a.m. – Noon
Jefferson County Courthouse, Room 529
716 Richard Arrington Blvd North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Help Desk Solving Domestic Law Issues
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Domestic Relations Courthouse
First Floor
2124 7th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Help Desk Focusing on Veterans’ Legal Issues
Fourth Wednesday each month 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Birmingham VA  Medical Clinic – 1st Floor
2415 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Bankruptcy Help Desk
First Friday each month 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Robert S. Vance Federal Bankruptcy Courthouse – 1st Floor
1800 5th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203

Help Desk Removing Legal Barriers for Homeless Clients
First Tuesday each month 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Cooper Green Mercy Health Services
5th Floor (Offices of One Roof)
1515 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Help Desk Resolving Civil Legal Issues for Residents of Woodlawn
First Tuesday each month 9 a.m. to noon
The Park at Wood Station apartment complex clubhouse
6051 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35212

What to expect at a help desk:

  • Free service. Qualifying clients pay no fees for a Help Desk service. Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham provides this free service to assist low-income residents with their legal needs. Clients may be responsible for paying certain court filing fees.
  • Face-to-face meeting. A Help Desk visit involves an in-person meeting with a qualified attorney who has volunteered his or her time to assist residents unable to afford an attorney.
  • Short-term engagement. A meeting with a lawyer at a Help Desk is a one-time service.
  • Additional visits possible. Should clients return for additional visits, they may be seen by a different attorney volunteer.
  • Extended Representation Possible. For certain kinds of cases, VLB seeks to match clients with attorneys for longer-term representation.  Extended representation is determined on a case-by-case basis based on availibilty of attorney volunteers.  VLB cannot guarantee clients a free attorney for the duration of their cases.

What to bring:

  • Proof of Income, such as: pay stub, Social Security or disability approval letter
  • Legal documents related to your issue, such as: child support order, lease, eviction notice, garnishment notice.

Where we help:

  • Jefferson County. The vast majority of our work involves legal matters in Jefferson County.  VLB currently does not have the capacity to guarantee service to clients from neighboring counties.