Monday, October 13, 2008

Help for Pro Se Divorce Petitioners

Washington Law Help now has an online "interview" to walk people through the process of filling out divorce forms. It only applies if the couple does not have minor children and if domestic violence is not an issue. It could be really helpful to someone overwhelmed by the standard forms.

Washington LawHelp

is a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Washington. This site provides legal education materials and tools that give you basic information on a number of legal problems, and in some cases, detailed instructions and forms to help you represent yourself in court. You can also locate information on free legal aid programs in Washington, including basic eligibility and contact information.

This guide is a free service which is made possible through a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. The web site template was created by Pro Bono Net and is maintained by staff at the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle.
Most materials on the site were prepared by the Northwest Justice Project, but many are from other organizations, including Columbia Legal Services, the Northwest Women's Law Center, Washington Protection & Advocacy System, Child Advocacy Central, the ACLU of Washington, Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Seattle Public Library, the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, the Tenants Union of Washington State, and more.

This site is a tremendous resource for the thousands of people who do not have access to lawyers. (It can also be a resource for law students and lawyers -- a good summary of the law or a good form are always welcome.)

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