How to Get Help from Legal Aid

If you want to talk with someone about the problem or think you may need the services of an attorney, call the Statewide Legal Services Hotline:

Toll-free: 1-800-453-3320
From Middletown and Hartford: 860-344-0380

Call-In hours: 9 a.m. - 12 noon, 1-2 p.m. Monday-Friday

Click here to apply for legal help online.

Statewide Legal Services (SLS) provides free legal advice and referrals to Connecticut’s legal aid programs for very low-income people living in Connecticut who can't afford a lawyer.

Or, visit our Self-Help Guides to get answers to your legal questions.

Link to our free self-help guides

• Most of our legal services are available only for people with income at or below 125% of the federal poverty level. If you are 60 years old or older and think your income is higher than this, you may contact the legal aid office closest to you to apply for legal services.

• We only provide free legal assistance in some kinds of civil and family cases. If you have a criminal case and cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible to apply for public defender services through the court. We do not provide free legal assistance in cases where you want to sue someone and ask for money damages. Those are cases that private lawyers may take on a contingent fee basis, which means they will take a percentage—usually up to one third of the damages—as their fee.

Not from Connecticut?
Find a legal aid office in the United States or around the world.

If you need an attorney and do not think you will qualify for free legal aid, you should contact the following for assistance:

Connecticut Bar Association Online Guide to Connecticut Lawyers

New Haven County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
203-562-5750

Fairfield County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
203-335-4116

Hartford County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
860-525-6052

New London County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
860-889-9384