can get help from Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)?
kind of cases does LANC handle?
are examples of cases typically handled by LANC?
are the LANC offices located?
Who can get help from Legal Aid of North Carolina?
To get free help from Legal Aid of North Carolina, you must meet our financial eligibility guidelines for family/household income
and assets, and have a problem that affects your basic needs and that falls
within our case acceptance criteria.
In most situations, the household income must fall below 125% of the federal
poverty guidelines. However, the income guidelines typically
do not apply to
senior citizens; also other exceptions may apply.
Call your nearest
LANC office to inquire about eligibility.
Please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC) has limited staff and resources
to serve low-income clients living across North Carolina. We cannot
represent every eligible client with
a priority case. The delivery
of services in a priority case will be dependent upon local case acceptance
guidelines, the availability of services from other sources, financial
resources and available staff, which may vary from time to time. Further,
in determining the level of service to be provided, staff will consider
whether a priority case will involve issues of a non-frivolous nature
in accordance with the North Carolina Rules of Professional Responsibility,
whether the value of professional time to be spent on the case exceeds
the economic benefit to the client and whether the case has a small
likelihood of success. The staff in LANC's field offices
review financial eligibility of each client and determine what legal services
may be provided.
What kind of cases does Legal Aid of North Carolina handle?
Legal Aid of North Carolina offices provide legal assistance to eligible clients
in civil (non-criminal) cases in the following basic areas: consumer,
education, family, health care, housing, income maintenance and/or wills/estate
planning. Additionally, Legal Aid of North Carolina has established statewide projects
that serve special populations or topic areas.
What are examples of some of the cases typically handled by LANC advocates?
- Consumer: Bankruptcy; consumer debt; school loans; insurance coverage denial;
mortgage foreclosure prevention
discipline; student’s rights
- Employment: Unemployment compensation
- Family: Family violence victims
- Health: Medicaid, Medicare and/or health insurance problems
- Housing: Eviction defense; illegal lockouts or utility cutoffs
home foreclosures; housing discrimination; tenants’
rights; public or subsidized housing disputes.
- Income Maintenance: SSI/Social Security disability benefits;
food stamps; TANF; Special Assistance;
A sample of actual client cases can be found on the
Sample Client Cases webpage.
[NOTE: It is important to remember that because of limited
resources, Legal Aid of North Carolina cannot always accept every
case listed above for representation.]
Where are the LANC offices located?
The street addresses and telephone numbers of the Legal Aid of North Carolina
offices can be found on the LANC
"Offices" webpage. Please note that Legal Aid of North Carolina does not provide legal
assistance via E-mail. Legal Aid of North Carolina serves eligible clients in all
the 100 counties in North Carolina through its 20
offices and seven
statewide project units.
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.