Legal Help Guides
Court Fees and Getting Court Fees Paid
You may have to pay fees (money) in your court case. The different types of fees are explained below. If you cannot afford the court fees, you may be able to get them waived (which means set aside or forgiven) by the court.
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program
In March 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, a program to help pay funeral costs for COVID-19-related deaths. Learn how to apply for the program and the appeals process if you have received a letter from FEMA saying you are ineligible.
Finding Immigration Help
Learn how to find free and low-cost immigration legal help from trusted sources.
Getting Legal Assistance in Your Language: Language Access Rights at Legal Aid Offices
Learn about your language access rights and language access services at nonprofit legal aid offices.
How to Appeal FEMA's Determination on Disaster Assistance
Did you apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and received a letter saying you are ineligible for relief or that your application is incomplete? You have the right to appeal that decision within 60 days of receiving mailed notification. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the process and access our online tool to create an appeal letter to FEMA and File Request letter.
Legal Aid and other Low-Cost Legal Help
If you cannot afford a lawyer, legal aid may be able to help you. There are legal aid offices (also called legal services) throughout the United States.
Overview of Legal Aid Statewide Websites
Learn about the national network of statewide legal aid information websites accessible through LawHelp.org.
Preparing for Court
This guide is for people who already have a legal case that is being decided by a court or at an agency hearing and do not have an attorney.
Rent and Eviction Help Resources
Resources for people facing eviction or who need assistance with rent and other housing costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Reproductive Health Care Rights and Access
This is an article that can help you find out how the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade affects your options and find where to call get more answers, assistance, or legal advice related to accessing quality abortion care.
The Differences between Criminal Court and Civil Court
The judges in criminal and civil court have different powers. Learn about the differences and what happens in criminal and civil court.
The Differences between Federal, State, and Local Laws
There are different types of laws. Federal laws apply to everyone in the United States. State and local laws apply to people who live or work in a particular state, commonwealth, territory, county, city, municipality, town, township or village.
Working with an Interpreter in a Legal Setting
Many lawyers and legal aid offices (also called legal services) use interpreters to talk to people who do not speak English well. How to best work with an interpreter is explained below.
Your Right to Assistance in Your Language: Basic Information about Federal Language Access Rights
Under U.S. law, if you are seeking services from a government agency or an organization funded by the U.S. government, you must be provided with assistance in your language.