There are over 875,000 low-income individuals residing in 115 counties in Missouri. Many of these Missourians struggle to keep their jobs, stay in their homes or provide basic necessities for their families. Many are unable to afford an attorney when they have legal problems. Fortunately, they are able to turn to one of the Missouri legal aid programs to protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families with legal aid. With our help, low-income Missourians have access to court in order to protect legitimate legal interests.
There are four legal aid programs in Missouri, each servicing a portion of the counties of the state. The four programs are Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Legal Services of Southern Missouri and Mid-Missouri Legal Services. (See the attachment at the bottom of this page for a printable map in Adobe format showing each program's name and service area)
Each legal aid program is an independent nonprofit corporation that provides legal assistance to the low-income and disadvantaged in Missouri. The programs help thousands of low-income individuals, children, families, seniors, and veterans throughout the state each year. Legal aid programs in Missouri provides legal assistance with certain civil matters only. We are unable to assist with criminal matters due to funding source rules and regulations.
Generally, we help family households with annual incomes at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. However, we have many special programs and funding available to assist individuals who are over the basic income guidelines. We attempt to ensure that eligible individuals will not have to navigate the legal system on their own.
There are numerous types of cases handled and services provided by legal aid programs in Missouri. Some of them include:
- Assisting families from loss of their shelter through illegal eviction or foreclosures;
- Obtaining Order of Protections for victims of spouse or child abuse;
- Protecting individuals from illegal or unfair sales or trade practices;
- Providing access to health care who would otherwise not have health care or insurance;
- Representation in courts and administrative hearings;
- Providing legal advice or referral information;
- Assisting with community-based economic development; and
- Giving legal education through community workshops help-lines and written materials.
The list above provides many examples of the services provided by the legal aid programs in Missouri. However, the list does not include all we do. You can access each legal aid program in Missouri from the “Home” page to see what services their specific program provides to Missourians. Also, if you have a legal problem and are unsure if you qualify for legal aid, please go to the Offices page of this site to find out how to apply for legal aid.