How Can We Help You

Eligibility Requirements & Available programs

To Get Help

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi offers varying services to individuals seeking assistance with a CIVIL legal issue. All applicants for services must call the Intake Line to complete a screening process for income/asset and legal issue eligibility.

  • Main/Oʻahu: 808-528-7046
  • Maui: 808-727-8210
  • Hawaiʻi Island: 808-313-8210
  • Kauaʻi: 808-698-8210

We experience a high volume of calls. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a brief message with your name, number, best time to reach you, and brief description of your legal issue. Your call will be returned in the order it was received, generally within 48 to 72 hours.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi assists individuals and families who meet low and moderate income guidelines and have a legal issue that the organization handles. During the Intake process, the staff will ask questions to determine your financial eligibility and the nature of your legal problem.

Staff may request you to provide documents confirming your income and assets. If you qualify for services, the staff will complete an intake application and may request you to provide relevant documents to your case. Upon review of your intake application, you will be scheduled for the next available legal clinic and/or workshop with a Volunteer Attorney. If you do not qualify for Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi’s services, you may be referred to another agency better suited to assist you.

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi charges an administrative fee for its services to help cover program costs. Fees are based on household income and ability to pay. You will be informed of the applicable fee during Intake. Please be aware that the Intake Specialist will ask you for proof of income.

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Available Programs

Neighborhood Legal Clinic

Discuss your legal matter in person or via telephone with a Volunteer Attorney

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Hawaiʻi Online Pro Bono

Free online legal clinic for low to moderate income Hawaiʻi residents

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Pro Bono Representation

Referral to a Volunteer Attorney for Representation

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Appellate Pro Bono Program

A joint effort of the Hawaiʻi Judiciary, the Hawaiʻi State Bar Association’s Appellate Division, and Volunteer Legal Services Hawaiʻi to match Volunteer Attorneys with self-represented litigants who are parties to an appeal

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