Statewide Legal Services

Toll-free hotline:

9:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 2:00

From Middletown and Hartford
call 860-344-0380

How to Get Help from Legal Aid

Statewide Legal Services (SLS) provides free legal advice for low-income people with problems in Connecticut.  For some problems we may refer you to other legal aid programs or to a volunteer attorney.  We cannot help people with problems in other states.

Most of our legal services are available only for people with household 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 see if you are eligible for legal services.

We cannot help you with a criminal case, if are trying to sue someone, or if you have an immigration problem.

Apply Online

Why apply online?

  • Our phone lines are open for limited hours and are very busy.
  • The wait time on the phone can be long.
  • You can apply any time of day or night.
  • The online application will help you find out if you qualify for our services.
  • If you apply online, your phone interview will be shorter when we call you back.
  • You can apply online for legal help with family, housing, public benefits, unemployment and other problems.
  • You can also apply for bankruptcy, debtor’s rights and consumer protection only online.

If you have an emergency
you should call our office.
Do not fill out an application online.

Call Our Office

Why call our office?

  • If you are eligible, you will talk to an advocate and you won’t have to wait for us to call you back.
  • If you are not sure about your problem we can help you figure it out.
  • If you have an emergency, call our office. Do not fill out an application online.

Our call-in hours are:

Monday – Friday
9 am to 12 noon and 1 to 2 pm

Toll-free: 1-800-453-3320

From Middletown and Hartford:

You cannot apply for help with bankruptcy, debtor’s rights or consumer protection on the phone. For those problems, you need to apply online.

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

Find a legal aid office some place else in the United States or around the world.

If you need an attorney for a legal problem in Connecticut 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

Fairfield County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

Hartford County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service

New London County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service