Main Services

VLSH offers varying services to individuals seeking assistance with a CIVIL legal issue.

Please note we DO NOT handle the following types of cases: worker’s compensation, district court TROs, medical malpractice, personal injury, real estate transactions, criminal cases, employment law cases, including unemployment insurance, and immigration matters.

Main Services

Neighborhood Legal Clinics
Neighborhood Legal Clinic participants meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney for 30-45 minutes. The attorney will discuss your case with you and provide legal advice. The Clinic attorney may refer you to further legal services to help you resolve your issue. These clinics are by appointment only and are generally held every Thursday evening, and on the first and third Saturday morning of each month.

Virtual Clinics
Neighbor Island residents and clients with imminent deadlines consult with a volunteer attorney by telephone. (Please note, we may not be able to assist in emergency situations.)

Hawaii Online Pro Bono
Hawaii Online Pro Bono "HOP" is a free online legal clinic available 24/7 for low to moderate income Hawaii residents. Once qualified, you can use the website to post your CIVIL legal question so a volunteer attorney can respond to your question. You will receive an email when you receive a response to your question. Volunteer attorneys are currently answering questions about: Family Law, Private Landlord Tenant, Debt Collections, Bankruptcy, VA Benefits, Simple Estate Planning, and Immigration. If you'd like to use HOP, register for an account by clicking here.

Brief Services
A Clinic participant may receive additional assistance for uncomplicated matters such as drafting a letter, or filling out court forms.

Self-help Workshops
Volunteer Legal’s Self Help Workshops provide information and assistance to individuals who are representing themselves. In a small group or individualized setting, a volunteer attorney explains the law and legal process and goes through the court forms needed to file for divorce or guardianship of a minor.

Referrals to a Volunteer Attorney for Direct Representation
For certain complicated cases, Volunteer Legal will attempt to find a volunteer lawyer to provide direct representation including full representation. Because this service is provided by volunteer attorneys, there is no guarantee that your case will be accepted for direct representation.

Do I qualify for Volunteer Legal's services?

Volunteer Legal 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 that you provide documents confirming your income and assets. If you qualify for services, the staff will reserve a space at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic. Volunteer Legal handles a high volume of calls. Your call will be answered in the order it is received and may take up to 48 hours before your call is returned. We thank you for your patience.

Types of Cases Accepted

  • Family Law
  • Simple Estate Planning
  • Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
  • Private Landlord Tenant
  • Debt Collections
  • Veterans Assistance

You can reach Volunteer Legal by calling one of the following intake numbers

  • Oahu: 528-7046
  • Maui: 727-8210
  • Hawaii Island: 313-8210
  • Kauai: 698-8210


Calling in:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)

Walk-in Intake (Oahu):
Monday - Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. (Except for Holidays and Staff Training Days)


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