For information about the courts, North Carolina Courts: 919/890-1000.
For referrals to lawyers who practice within Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, www.MeckBar.org/LRS. For those unable to afford counsel, see Pro Bono Resources below.
For referrals to lawyers who practice outside of Mecklenburg and surrounding counties, North Carolina Bar Association LRS 800-662-7660 or 919-677-8574. For those unable to afford counsel, see Pro Bono Resources below.
PRO BONO RESOURCES
For those unable to afford counsel, FIND LEGAL HELP HERE or see the list of resources outlined below or contact MCB Office Manager Liz Tikalsky for resource information and/or information about the MCB's Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee.
Provides unrepresented parents and spouses who cannot afford counsel an opportunity to resolve domestic cases outside of court and without legal fees. The program is based on collaborative family law, a form of alternative dispute resolution. Practice Area: Family Law.
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy 704-376-1600
Provides legal assistance in civil matters to low-income persons in the Charlotte area and in west-central North Carolina. Our mission is to provide a full measure of justice for those in need. Practice Areas: Consumer Protection, Domestic Violence Protection, Ex-Offender Re-Entry, Driver's License Restoration, Healthcare Access, Home Preservation, Immigration, Income Security, Simple Estate Planning, Tax Disputes, and Veteran's Affairs.
Represents children in high conflict custody cases through its Custody Advocate Program. Volunteer attorneys are needed to serve as Custody Advocates. There are also programs to assist children who are facing suspension and expulsion from CMS, ensuring that these children get due process at these disciplinary hearings. MCB assists the CFCR by managing a twice yearly recruitment drive among Bar members for the Custody Advocate Program. Practice Areas: Delinquency Defense, Mental Health Representation, Custody Advocacy, Guardian ad Litem, and Special Education Representation.
The North Carolina Pro Bono Resource Center’s (PBRC) COVID-19 Small Business/Nonprofit Initiative will offer pro bono legal consultations to small businesses and nonprofits with fewer than 25 employees.
Promotes international understanding by serving as a center for diversity, advocating for people of diverse national backgrounds and facilitating professional and cultural exchange programs. Home to five core programs, including an Immigration Law Clinic.
is a joint project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, the North Carolina Equal Justice Alliance, the North Carolina Bar Association Foundation and Probono.net. LawHelpNC.org seeks to provide users with helpful, easy-to-understand legal resources and information in North Carolina. Topics Covered: Family & Juvenile, Housing, Money & Taxes, Government Benefits, Veterans & Military, Work & Jobs, Criminal Law, Health & Disability, Disaster Assistance, Economic Development, Education & Schools, Farmworkers, Immigration, Individual Rights, Wills & Life Planning, The Legal System, and More.
The staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina - Charlotte Office provides legal assistance in civil matters (non-criminal matters) to eligible, low-income clients who have problems with their basic needs and live in the area surrounding Mecklenburg County. Practice areas: Consumer, Employment, Domestic Violence (and DV/Child Custody), Government Benefits, Housing, and More.
A nonprofit law firm with a dedicated practice to family law matters for those eligible who may be able to afford modest fees.
North Carolina Free Legal Answers (NCFLA)
- This website allows you to ask a lawyer a specific legal question. By using this website, you are asking a lawyer to give you legal help on your specific legal questions but this does not mean they will represent you in court. They will be your lawyer for this limited purpose
and will not do anything for you other than provide this help.
NCPLS is a nonprofit law firm dedicated to ensuring access to the courts for people incarcerated in North Carolina state prisons. NCPLS attorneys work to correct unlawful criminal sentences and advocate for safe, humane, and constitutional prison conditions.
Provides hope and healing to those impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault by providing a continuum of critical crisis services to those victimized by domestic violence or sexual assault. They offer 24-hour crisis lines, shelter, hospital accompaniment, case management, systems advocacy, support groups, court advocacy and accompaniment, and counseling for victims and survivors.
(SSC) has been open since 1999. They began by providing forms for simple divorce to litigants who are representing themselves (pro se). The SSC now offers scores of forms in English and Spanish, clinics, videos and research resources for pro se litigants
. MCB worked with the center to establish the Attorney for the Day program, in which volunteer attorneys meet with pro se litigants to help them with custody, visitation and divorce cases.
The Umbrella Center provides a comprehensive array of services under one roof with a mission to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg individuals and families weather their worst storms. It is a hopeful and welcoming place that offers support and solutions. Here, survivors will transform their darkest hours into brighter tomorrows.
For anything else, please contact MCB Office Manager Liz Tikalsky by email or at 704-375-8624 for resource information and/or information about the MCB's Pro Bono & Legal Recruitment Committee.
GRIEVANCE AND FEE DISPUTE RESOURCES