What is Volunteer Legal?

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii is the only organization in the state whose sole mission is to serve Hawaii’s low and moderate income community through volunteer attorneys. Volunteer Legal’s pool of pro bono attorneys provide legal services in a wide range of civil matters, including divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, child support, adoption, guardianship of children and adults,  powers of attorney, wills, advance healthcare directives, landlord-tenant cases, collections, Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, and Veterans disability benefits.

Program applicants are matched with volunteer attorneys based on the applicant’s legal issue and the volunteer attorney’s experience and area of practice.


Please note we DO NOT handle the following types of cases: Criminal cases, worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, personal injury, real estate transactions, foreclosures, Social Security benefits, public housing, employment law cases, including unemployment insurance, or immigration matters.

Do I Qualify for Services?

Volunteer Legal assists individuals and families who meet low and moderate income guidelines and have a legal issue that the organization handles.  To qualify, Volunteer Legal will take into consideration your household income and assets.

Applicants for services must call the Intake Line at 528-7046. During the Intake process, our staff will determine your financial eligibility and the nature of your legal problem. They may request that you provide documents confirming your income and assets. If you qualify for services, the staff will schedule you for an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.  


Once your appointment is confirmed, we ask that you make every effort to keep that appointment.  If you must cancel, please call Intake at 528-7046 no later than 2 days ahead of your appointment date.    Please remember that the attorneys scheduled to meet with you at the Clinic are volunteers and are donating their time to provide you with the legal advice and assistance to help you resolve your legal problem.  


Please know that Volunteer Legal experiences a high volume of calls each day.  When you call, please leave your name, number and a brief description of your legal issue.  Your call will be returned in the order it was received.  It may take the Intake staff up to 48 hours to return your call.  Thank you for your patience.


Volunteer Legal now accepts monetary donations through PayPal, which can be easily and securely accessed using the button below:

Donations by check, money order, and/or cash are also appreciated, and may be sent to the following mailing address:

Volunteer Legal Services Hawai’i
545 Queen Street, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96813

Your donations help ensure equal access to justice for your friends, neighbors, children, veterans, disabled, and the elderly.  Thank you!!!

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