201 North Front Street, Suite 1002, Wilmington, NC 28401
[Mailing address: P.O. Box 814, Wilmington, NC 28402]
910-763-6207; 1-800-672-9304 (toll-free; for clients only)
The legal staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Wilmington Office provides legal
assistance in civil matters (non-criminal matters) to eligible, low-income
clients who have problems with their basic needs and live in the seven-county
area surrounding Wilmington, NC:
New Hanover County,
Onslow County or
Community Economic Development cases (cases where
groups who cannot afford a private attorney seek legal assistance
with their charitable or educational activities) will be
individually reviewed and accepted, if possible.
Our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) offers
advice and representation to low-income taxpayers in eastern North
Carolina who have disputes with the IRS.
Community Education Events
here to view education events that are sponsored by legal services
organizations in North Carolina.)
Note: The materials contained on this website are for information
and educational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Please
contact your Legal Aid of North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need
to speak to an attorney regarding your particular situation. Please
Preparation and Aftermath"
(tri-fold, 2-sided brochure; MS Word document)
...This document was written as a brochure by the LANC-Wilmington Office
and provides tips for preparation and aftermath
of natural disasters.
Richard M. Klein, Senior Managing Attorney
James (Jim) J. Wall, Senior Managing Attorney
Shelly M. Bao, Staff Attorney
Maria Bryant Davis, Paralegal
Sarah Haydu, Staff Attorney
Shirley C. Harris, Paralegal
Helena Highsmith, Paralegal
Michelle Hudson, Legal Secretary
Shirley H. Monroe, Secretarial/Clerical
James (Jim) Morgan, Staff Attorney
Anne J. Randall, Staff Attorney
Ethel K. Robinson, Paralegal
Lisa L. Sorensen, PAI Coordinator
Pro bono Options
in the LANC-Wilmington Office.]
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) actively recruits, trains, mentors, and co-counsels with
volunteer (pro bono) attorneys to help them handle the many complex
and changing legal issues unique to the practice of civil poverty law.
PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") Program helps to ensure access
to justice for low-income families and further leverages the dollars
that are invested in LANC. Typically, pro bono attorneys are needed
either for their special expertise and/or to help us with our large
To volunteer pro bono service in the counties served by our
Office, contact our
PAI ("Private Attorney Involvement") coordinator.
Office has represented southeastern North Carolina’s poor in civil legal
cases since 1976. Our work helps our clients deal with some of life's
most basic needs -- a safe home, enough food to eat, a decent education,
protection against fraud, and personal safety.
In 1976, the Law & Justice Committee of the New Hanover County Human
Relations Committee in conjunction with the United Way and in response
to the critical need for legal assistance for the indigent in New Hanover
County, established "New Hanover County Legal Aid Association" to serve
the legal needs of approximately 25,000 people in New Hanover County
who were unable to afford private legal counsel. The original staff
was two attorneys, one paralegal, and a secretary. After a year, we
expanded to serve the people of Pender County.
In 1980, drawing on the experiences in Pender County, and the response
to the need for providing services to rural poverty level populations,
the Legal Aid Association via the Legal Services Corporation became
"Legal Services of the Lower Cape Fear, Inc." The office then expanded
to include seven (7) counties with a potential 99,000 poor people over
5200 square miles (we served clients in Sampson County from 1980-1983),
including: Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow
and Pender Counties.
In 2002, the LANC-Wilmington office became one of the 24 field offices of
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)
and continues to serve low-income people in southeastern counties of North Carolina. LANC–Wilmington Office’s
seasoned advocates are a recognized part of the justice system here
on the east coast.
The materials contained on this website
are for information and educational purposes only and do not
constitute legal advice.
Also please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not
provide legal assistance by E-mail. Contact your Legal Aid of
North Carolina office or a private attorney if you need to speak
to an attorney regarding your particular situation.
Legal Aid of North Carolina is 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.