OTHER PLACES TO FIND LEGAL HELP AND INFORMATION
The information on this Web page links to other Web sites. This information is provided as a helpful resource only. It is not legal advice and is not a substitute for legal advice. Understand the law and the court process can be difficult and complex. You should contact a lawyer licensed to practice law in Nebraska for legal advice about your legal problem. The Nebraska State Bar Association makes no endorsement of the quality of services provided by any of the organizations listed on this Web page.
LEGAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
INFORMATION FOR PERSONS AFFECTED BY COVID-19
Legal Aid of Nebraska’s Disaster Relief Hotline offers free legal assistance on legal issues to persons affected by COVID-19, and is partnering with VLP to provide services through a network of volunteer lawyers across Nebraska.
If you are in need of legal assistance related to the Novel Coronavirus, you can apply for assistance online by going to http://www.LawHelpNE.org, or by calling the Disaster Relief Hotline at 1-844-268-5627.
For information and resources please visit https://www.legalaidofnebraska.org/2020/03/24/covid-19-information-resources/
COVID-19 CDC Declaration Form- A free tool for renters to prepare the CDC Declaration as required by the CDC to give to their landlords if they cannot pay rent.
Nebraska Online Legal Self-Help Center: Information and links to legal resources to help you represent yourself in Nebraska Courts, including forms and information provided by the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Self-Represented Litigation as part of the Nebraska Supreme Court's commitment to ensure that all Nebraskans have access to the courts.
Law Help Nebraska: Information and forms for tenants and debtors representing themselves in landlord-tenant and debt collection legal disputes in Nebraska. This interactive Website is hosted by Legal Aid of Nebraska. The Website is in English and Spanish.
Legal Brochures: Review basic information on various legal topics, including: Bankruptcy , Buying a Home, Child Custody, Contract, Divorce, Employee Handbook, Employment, Garnishment, Grandparent Visitation, Identity Theft, Joint Tenancy Ownership, Landlord-Tenant, Legal Fees, Name Change, Rights if Arrested, Subpoenaed, Will.
Legal Aid Programs in Nebraska
The following are legal aid programs for low-income persons.
Legal Aid of Nebraska: Non-profit law firm that provides free legal representation to underprivileged citizens. Apply Online or call 1-877-250-2016. Whether someone qualifies for services depends on your household income, your assets, and the type of legal problem you have. You may qualify for services through Legal Aid of Nebraska if your household income is 125% of the federal poverty legal and you have few assets. Go the the Legal Aid of Nebraska Website to see the income guidelines. Some exceptions apply to the income guidelines. For example, if you are age 60 or older, the financial eligibility guidelines may not apply to you. Legal Aid of Nebraska cannot help you with a criminal case, personal injury case, or workers compensation case. Legal Aid of Nebraska's legal services are free; however, you may have to pay court costs.
To see if you qualify for Legal Aid of Nebraska services, apply online or call:
- (402) 348-1060 AccessLine® if you live in the Douglas County area
- 1 (877) 250-2016 AccessLine® if you live outside the Douglas County area
- 1 (800) 527-7249 Elder AccessLine® if you are 60 and over
- 1 (800) 729-9908 Native American AccessLine® if you are Native American
Walk-in Access to Justice Centers provide eligible persons legal advice from a Legal Aid lawyer. Pre-registration is not required, but a brief intake form will need to be filled out upon arrival. Clinics are first-come, first-serve. Visitors must meet eligibility requirements to receive services. Visit the Legal Aid of Nebraska website at www.legalaidofnebraska.org or call the AccessLine at (402) 348-1060 for locations, dates, and times
Do-It-Yourself (Pro Se) Divorce Clinic: For residents of Madison County, Buffalo County, and Dawson County. Legal Aid of Nebraska provides free virtual clinics on a monthly basis, for persons representing themselves in a divorce. Legal assistance at the clinic includes a one-on-one virtual meeting with an attorney, preparation of divorce forms, and advice on the divorce process. Must be low income and pre-qualify for the clinic. For more information and to apply, visit legalaidofnebraska.org/divorceclinic.
Creighton Law School Civil Legal Clinic: If you’re a Douglas County resident who falls within the Federal Poverty Guidelines and are involved with a civil matter (non-criminal), you may be eligible for free legal services through the Milton R. Abrahams Legal Clinic. To apply, call 402-280-3068 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
University of Nebraska Civil Law Clinic: Law school civil clinic handles a wide variety of civil cases for eligible low-income Nebraska residents. There is no charge for attorneys’ fees but clients may be responsible to pay a nominal administrative fee and court filing fees and costs if not eligible for a fee waiver from the court. To apply, call 402-472-3271.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Internet has links to many lawyer referral services. Not all Internet lawyer referral services are hosted by state or local bar associations in Nebraska. The Nebraska State Bar Association "Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer" and the Omaha Bar Association Lawyer Referral service are approved by the Nebraska Supreme Court to operate in Nebraska. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and you should not relying solely on advertisements in your decision to hire an attorney.
Modest means is a type of representation where the lawyer may reduce the lawyer’s fee if your household income is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Limited Scope Representation allows you and the lawyer to decide tasks each of you will perform on a legal matter. This type of representation is helpful if you have limited financial resources and the lawyer determines you can complete certain work in your case without a lawyer. It is not appropriate for every person or every legal situation. Lawyers who offer Limited Scope Representation will make that decision after consulting with you. Information about LSR is enclosed. The choice of a lawyer is an important decision. You should not rely on advertising alone in making a decision about hiring a lawyer to represent you.
If you want to hire a lawyer, the following lawyer referral services include lawyers who provide limited scope and modest means representation for low-income persons.
- Nebraska Find-A-Lawyer (Statewide lawyer referral service). The Website provides a directory of lawyers who advertise on the Website. It is not a directory of all Nebraska lawyers.
- Omaha Bar Association Lawyer Referral. If you think you need a lawyer, call (402) 280-3604 to set a consultation appointment with a private practice lawyer. Serving Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, and Washington Counties for over 50 years. Trusted. Proven.
Volunteer Lawyers Project
The Volunteer Lawyers Project is the pro bono program of the Nebraska State Bar Association. Volunteer attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance to eligible low-income Nebraska residents. The Volunteer Lawyers Project does not accept or respond to telephone, email, fax, or U.S. mail requests for pro bono legal assistance. If you are interested in applying for pro bono legal assistance, you must apply for assistance from Legal Aid of Nebraska. If you meet the eligibility requirements for services through Legal Aid but it cannot provide assistance to you, Legal Aid may refer your application to the Volunteer Lawyers Project. There is no guarantee your application will be referred to the Volunteer Lawyers Project and, if your application is referred, there is no guarantee a volunteer lawyer will be available to assist you. Apply Online at Legal Aid of Nebraska or call 1-877-250-2016.
Creighton Law School Library, Omaha
Public access computers for legal research, reference assistance. Open to the general public with legal research needs 7am – 7pm Monday – Friday when school is in session. Hours may vary during breaks and over the summer. Corner of 21st & Cass Street, Omaha, second floor of the Ahmanson Law Center.
State Of Nebraska Library: (402) 471-3189
The State Library provides to legal resources including using the Internet to do legal research. The State Library is located in room 325 at the State Capitol Building in Lincoln.
The public library may have some resources and public access to computers and the Internet.
University of Nebraska College of Law Library (402) 472-2161
Located on the east campus of UNL. It has one public access computer to conduct legal research.
Other Helpful Organizations
The ACLU is our nation's guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties that the United States Constitution and laws of Nebraska guarantee everyone in the Cornhusker state. The Nebraska office does not accept in-person requests for assistance. During normal business hours, there may be an intake counselor available by phone. In most cases, you will need to be referred to a voicemail. The ACLU cannot refer you to individual private attorneys. 1 (855) 557-ACLU (2258) x 101 or gethelp@@aclunebraska.org.
Investigates incidents of abuse and neglect and may provide legal representation to protect the legal and human rights of people with disabilities. Through a variety of other activities including public education, information and referral, and public policy analysis, Disability Rights Nebraska works to change public attitudes and increase public awareness of the legal and human rights of people with disabilities. (402) 474-3183, toll free number 1 (800) 422-6691; fax (402) 474-3274; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lincoln office: 134 S 13th Street Ste. 600 Lincoln, NE 68508
Scottsbluff office: 1425 1st Avenue, Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Nebraska Association of Area Agencies on Aging: http://nebaaaa.org
Legal advice and representation for persons 60 and older with economic or social needs through eight area agencies on aging. Services may include assistance with wills, durable, and health care powers of attorney, eviction notices, debt collection and government benefits.
- Western Nebraska: Bluffs Business Center 1517 Broadway, Suite 122 Scottsbluff, NE 69361 (308) 635-0851, fax (308) 635-2321, toll free (800) 682-5140; aown.org.
- West Central Nebraska: 115 North Vine North Platte, NE 69101 (308) 535-8195, fax (308) 535-8197, toll free (800) 662-2961; wcnaaa.org.
- Northeast Nebraska: 119 W Norfork Ave. Norfolk, NE 68701; (402) 370-3454, fax (402) 370-3279, toll free (800) 672-8368; nenaaa.org.
- South Central Nebraska: 4263 2nd Ave., Ste. 4 Kearney, NE 68847; (308) 234-1851, (308) 234-1853, toll free (800) 658-4320; agingkearney.org.
- Midland: 2727 W 2nd St., Ste. 440 Hastings, NE 68901; (402) 463-4565, fax (402) 463-1069, toll free (800) 955-9714; midlandareagencyonaging.org.
- Blue Rivers: 1901 Court St. Beatrice, NE 68301; (402) 223-1376, fax (402) 223-2143, toll free(888) 317-9417; braaa.org.
- Aging Partners: 1005 O Street Lincoln, NE 68508 (402) 441-7070, fax (402) 441-7160, toll free (800) 247-0938; aging.lincoln.ne.gov
- Eastern Nebraska: 4223 Center St. Omaha, NE 68105; (402) 444-6536, fax (402) 444-6503, toll free (888) 554-2711; enoa.org.
Midwest Innocence Project: https://themip.org/
A nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to provide pro bono legal assistance to incarcerated individuals who have been wrongly convicted of crimes in the Midwest and who no longer have a right to court-appointed counsel. 3619 Broadway Blvd., Suite 2
Kansas City, MO 64111; email@example.com
Immigration Legal Assistance
Omaha office: 5211 S 31st Street, Omaha, NE 68107 (402) 939-4615
Schuyler office: Benedictine Monastery of Christ the King Priory at 1123 Road I, Schuyler, NE 68661 (402) 352-3644.
Assistance filing a variety of USCIS forms. Services consist of legal consultations to evaluate immigration legal options, advice how to proceed, and representation throughout the legal process. Consultations are by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline, a centralized hotline and resource for low-income immigration legal assistance. The Hotline number is 1-855-307-6730.
Center for Legal Immigration Assistance, Lincoln: www.clianeb.org
Services provided by CLIA staff are subject to a preliminary consultation, which costs $50.00. At the first consultation, CLIA staff will determine your eligibility for immigration-based relief and determine how best to assist you, if possible. CLIA does not provide all immigration-related services. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5;00 p.m. You must have an appointment to be seen. 3047 N 70th Street Lincoln, NE 68507 (402) 471-1777.
An affiliate of the Justice For Our Neighbors network. Advocates for immigrants in Nebraska by providing free legal representation. To find out if you are eligible for services, call the Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline, a centralized hotline and resource for low-income immigration legal assistance. The Hotline number is 1 (855) 307-6730. Contact information for all office is: (402) 898-1349 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Omaha, NE: 4223 Center Street
- Columbus, NE: Centro Hispano Comunitario de Nebraska 3020 18th Street
- Council Bluffs, IA: Centro Latino de Iowa 300 W Broadway, Ste. 40
- Grand Island, NE: Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island 325 W 4th Street
- Lexington, NE: 200 W 7th Street
Affordable, quality immigration legal assistance to refugees, immigrants and asylees. Minimal fees for service are charged on a sliding scale.
- Omaha office: 1941 S 42nd Street (402) 536-3500
- Grand Island office: 1811 W 2nd Street (308) 382-4255
- Lincoln office: 2301 O Street (402) 441-7940
Nebraska Immigration Legal Assistance Hotline: A centralized hotline and resources for low-income immigration legal assistance. Those in need of immigration legal assistance can contact NILAH in order to be connected to the non-profit immigration legal service provider that can best meet their needs, in the shortest amount of time. The Hotline number is 1-855-307-6730. Hotline telephone hours are: Monday & Wednesday 9am-11am, 12:30pm-3:30pm CST; Tuesday & Thursday 9am-12pm, 1:30pm-3:30pm CST; and Friday, 9am-12pm CST.
HELP WITH FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING, MEDICINE
211 is a free, community resources hotline that is available to the public with multilingual access. By dialing, or texting 211, you will be connected with a trained operator to help assess your needs, provide information and offer referrals to human services for your everyday needs and times of crisis. Hours are Monday-Friday 7am - 8pm and Saturday, 8am - 5pm. If dialing 2-1-1 is not working, try calling 1 (866) 813-1731. Dial 211 when you need:
- Basic human needs services including food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance.
- Health services (physical, mental, disabled)including health insurance programs for children and families, Medicaid and Medicare assistance, maternal health care, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention and rehabilitation, transportation or home rehabilitation services.
- Employment support including financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs.
- Child, youth, family and elderly services including after school programs, youth activities, adult day care, congregate or home delivery meals, respite care, home health care, transportation, homemaker and chore services.
Active-Duty Military/Veterans Legal Assistance
ABA Home Front
ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available.
ABA Military Pro Bono Project
The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys.