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snohomish county legal services


Serving the Snohomish County community since 1983

Equal Justice for All in Snohomish County

The Mission of Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) is: Guiding people in poverty out of crisis by providing quality legal services. Our Vision is a world without barriers to justice. We use a hybrid model of service delivery that includes staff attorneys for immediate emergency assistance and highly complex cases, volunteer attorneys and paralegals for advice and legal representation, and a series of clinics and workshops that empower clients in self-advocacy and self-sufficiency.

We began in the early 1980’s as a program of the Snohomish County Bar Association to address the growing need for civil legal aid in the county. We have been an independent nonprofit organization since 1985. Contributions to SCLS may be tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Our Federal EIN is 91-1215739.


Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) provides free civil legal aid services to eligible low-income residents of Snohomish County, regardless of citizenship or immigration status, primarily in the areas of Family Law, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Housing, and Wills for Seniors. Our staff and volunteer attorneys work with residents to understand their legal rights through our clinic offerings and presentations. In addition, SCLS can provide Full Legal Representation; Direct Representation; Unbundled Legal Services; and Advice and Counsel. Our goal is to provide information and education to empower those in need with self-advocacy and self-sufficiency. All clients must qualify for services, an Intake Form will be provided to each prospective client to complete and ensure eligibility. For those with limited English proficiency, we have the ability to provide interpreter services at no cost to the client.


The need for civil legal assistance amongst the poorest populations in Snohomish County is overwhelming. Snohomish is Washington’s third-most populous and fastest-growing county with more than 800,000 residents, at least 100,000 of whom have household incomes below 125% of the Federal Poverty level.

Too many of our neighbors are unable to address life-changing legal issues, especially when the issues compound each other:

  • Domestic and sexual violence victims
  • Evictions and other housing issues
  • Divorce and child custody
  • Consumer credit and debt issues
  • Bankruptcy
  • Loss of employment

Snohomish County Legal Services promotes social justice by establishing and managing volunteer-based, client-focused civil legal services programs and providing services on an equal and non-discriminatory basis for low-income Snohomish County residents who would not otherwise receive civil legal assistance.

SCLS defines diversity as the inclusion of individuals who identify with groups historically discriminated against, and who continue to experience the effects of historical and current discrimination, or who are underrepresented in the legal profession including on the basis of disability, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. We are proud to be a member of the Alliance for Equal Justice in their mission to bring civil legal aid to people and communities that experience poverty and injustice.

Lack of meaningful access to legal services can exacerbate unemployment, homelessness, and family disintegration, placing significant additional burdens on social services and the community… and continuing the cycles of poverty.

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“Equal justice under the law” is a concept ingrained in the American conscience, rooted in the 14th Amendment, and even inscribed along the front façade of the United States Supreme Court building in Washington DC. Usually when people think of their rights to equal justice, they think of the 6th Amendment in the Bill of Rights that states we have the right to a speedy and fair trial, the right to an attorney, and so on.

But did you know that the 6th Amendment only applies if you are accused of a crime? “You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” This is true if you are charged with a crime. But what if you are facing a legal problem that is NOT criminal in nature and you do not have the means to hire an attorney? Snohomish County Legal Services can help with your civil legal needs. Contact us by completing and submitting a request below.


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