Civil Program

Our Civil Program provides access to civil legal counsel for Shelby County residents for as little as a $10, $20, or $30 intake fee.

Our Civil Program provides access to civil legal counsel for Shelby County residents for as little as a $10, $20, or $30 intake fee, provided they have an income between 125% and approximately 200% of the federal poverty level as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

After meeting with a Community Legal Center staff attorney at our weekly legal clinic, clients are either assigned to a staff attorney or placed with a volunteer attorney.

We handle many types of civil cases. Those whose income fall below our guidelines are referred to Memphis Area Legal Services. Those whose income exceeds our guidelines are referred to private attorneys.

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Cases the Community Legal Center handles

  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Garnishments
  • Non-contested guardianships
  • Contract disputes
  • Wills, Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, and other Probate Matters
  • Non-contested divorces
  • Non-contested adoptions
  • Social Security Appeals
  • Elder abuse cases
  • Conservatorship
  • Mediation
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Cases the Community Legal Center does NOT handle

Cases the Community Legal Service does NOT handle include:

 

  • Criminal Cases
  • Employment cases
  • Civil rights violations
  • Bankruptcies
  • Insurance
  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Copyright cases
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Disability cases
  • Social Security Claims
  • Contested divorces

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