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Practice Areas

Housing

Whether you rent or own, CLS helps with healthy and safe living conditions and preserving housing.

  • Landlord tenant issues
  • Mobile home and Recreational vehicle owners and renters
  • Habitability issues
  • Subsidized housing, Section 8 vouchers and public housing
  • Domestic violence issues related to housing
  • Discrimination
  • Requests for accommodations
  • Foreclosures, trustee sales, title disputes
  • Fair housing violations

Families and Children

CLS supports the safety and well-being of the family, particularly victims of domestic violence and children at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect.

Typical family law issues may include:

  • Legal Decision-Making (formerly "legal custody")
  • Parenting Time (formerly "visitation")
  • Child Support

Employment

CLS helps ensure safe job conditions, unemployment insurance, wages earned and freedom from discrimination.

Types of cases in which the Employment Unit may assist:

  • Unemployment
  • Unpaid Wages
  • Discrimination Claims
  • Misclassification of Employment
  • Improper or Denied Employment Benefits
  • Non Compete Clauses
  • Motions to Set Aside Criminal Records

Consumer Protection

CLS helps people protect their consumer rights regarding purchases, income, property, contracts, loans and debts.

Consumer law cases may include:

  • Automobile Purchases
  • Wage and Account Garnishments
  • Student Loans
  • Debt Collection
  • Homeowner Association Assessments
  • Title Loans/Predatory Lending
  • Bankruptcy Advice

Health and Economic Stability

CLS helps people obtain and preserve necessities of life including healthcare coverage, social security benefits, food and economic assistance.

Farmworker

CLS' statewide farmworker program assists agricultural workers with a broad range of civil legal issues.

Areas of legal assistance may include:

  • Wages
  • Conditions of Employment
  • H-2A Issues
  • Consumer
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Family Law
  • Harassment
  • Housing
  • Education
  • Tax
  • Unemployment
  • Violations
  • Workers Compensation Claims assistance
  • Pesticide exposure

Tax

CLS' statewide tax program educates people about their rights and responsibilities and assists taxpayers' IRS related controversies.

Low-Income Tax Program may provide help with:

  • IRS Controversies
  • Outreach for limited English proficient persons

Volunteer Lawyers Program

Lawyers, students and community minded citizens from all walks of life find rewarding volunteer opportunities through Community Legal Services (CLS).

  • Join the Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) as an attorney
  • Provide professional expertise to assist attorneys
  • Volunteer your skills in office operations and technology