To see if you qualify for free legal services, please contact Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut to apply. Statewide Legal Services is another legal aid program that conducts intake interviews and refers cases to our organization. Their staff will ask you questions and talk to you about your legal problem. If you qualify for legal aid, they will give you some legal advice on the phone. Depending on the type of case you have, Statewide Legal Services may be able to refer your case to us or to another attorney or legal services organization. You can call their hotline or apply online:
From Middletown and Hartford: 860-344-0380
Hotline Call-In hours:
9 a.m. - 12 noon, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Or, visit our Self-Help Guides to get answers to your legal questions.
• Most of our legal services are available only for people with income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. If you are 60 years old or older and think your income is higher than this, you may contact us directly to apply for legal services. If you are undocumented, you should contact our office directly to apply.
• Our office can and does serve undocumented individuals, but Statewide Legal Services cannot take their applications on the hotline or online. If you are undocumented and need legal assistance please call us directly at (203)946-4811.
• We generally provide free legal assistance in some kinds of civil and family cases. Although a small part of our practice includes criminal cases, those cases are sent directly to us by the public defenders' office. If you have a criminal case and cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible to apply for public defender services through the court. We do not provide free legal assistance in cases where you want to sue someone and ask for money damages. Those are cases that private lawyers may take on a contingent fee basis, which means they will take a percentage—usually up to one third of the damages—as their fee.
If you need an attorney and do not think you will qualify for free legal aid, you should contact the following for assistance: