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We are a statewide, nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services in civil matters to low-income people in order to ensure equal access to justice and to remove legal barriers to economic opportunity.

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Guide to Small Claims Court

​​Anyone who is 18 years of age or older has the right to start a lawsuit in the North Carolina court system. If the lawsuit is for a claim of $10,000 or less (this amount can vary by county), it can be brought into Small Claims Court, which is available in every county. This guide tells you how to fill out the right forms, prepare for trial, handle the trial, and follow through on the judge's decision.

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Watch our series of legal self-help videos to learn about your legal rights and how you can handle certain legal problems without the help of a lawyer. Topics include child custody and visitation, landlord-tenant issues, money judgments and exemptions, natural disaster recovery and more.

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​​​LawHelpNC ​is an online library of free, helpful, easy-to-understand legal resources and information for North Carolinians. Resources include a library of how-to videos, a calendar of free events, a directory of legal aid organizations, instructions for filling out legal forms, tips for going to court and more.​​ LawHelpNC is a joint project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the North Carolina Equal Justice Alliance, the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and ProBono.Net.​

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