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The following is informational only. The Pro Bono Project is not providing legal advice to the public. The following information, including all files and hyperlinks therein contained, are guides for self-represented litigants. It is not legal advice and should not be considered as legal advice.
The Pro Bono Project will not answer questions about content or how it may pertain to an individual case, except as required by law. Those seeking guidance concerning a legal action should consult with an attorney.
This information does not, is not intended to, shall not be construed to, and may not be relied upon to create or to limit any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by any party in any matter, civil or criminal. Do not cite this material in filings with any Court; cite the applicable rules and law.
Warning to Incarcerated or Detained Persons: Please note that some parts of this information will not apply to actions filed by incarcerated or detained persons. Detained litigants are often required to comply with different statutes and Court rules. These rules may include—but are not limited to—the use of Court-approved forms where applicable and the exhaustion of administrative remedies prior to filing suit.
Self-Help Resource Centers (SHRC)
A Self Help Resource Center is a place where you can find helpful information and services about your legal problem if you are not represented by an attorney. Legal information includes court forms and tools to help you complete court forms, answers to general questions about court process or procedure, and help preparing for your day in court. The most common issues for people seeking to represent themselves are:
Domestic issues, including protective orders
Custody, visitation, and child support (Click here for information on joint v. sole custody!)
While litigants are encouraged to have a lawyer represent them, financial limitations prevent many from securing counsel. Both the 24th Judicial District Court (JDC) in Gretna and the Orleans Civil District Court (CDC) have facilities for volunteers to assist with the completion of court approved forms. Volunteers do not give legal advice, but assist visitors with access to legal forms, information, and referrals.
If you would like more information on our Self-Help Resource Centers, call us at 504.581.4043. Volunteers are needed! Please call today to learn more.
24th Judicial District Court
200 Derbigny Street Gretna, Louisiana 70053
Second Floor | Suite 2100
Tuesday | 10:00 am – noon
Thursday | 10:00 am – noon
Orleans Civil District Court
421 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
Monday, Wednesday, Friday | 9:00 am - noon
Louisiana Law Help | Free legal information and additional resources for the state of Louisiana
Self-Represented Litigants Law | Legal Resources for Self-Represented Litigant from the Louisiana Supreme Court
Uncontested Divorce, No Children or Property Orleans Parish | Resources for Orleans Parish residents seeking divorce with no children and no property
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center | Resources for Louisiana-based grandparents raising grandchildren
VINE - Victim Information Network | For the security of the victims of crime to locate incarcerated perpetrators
Free Legal Answers | Ask our volunteer attorneys a specific question about your civil legal issue. This is an income-based eligibility service.
Forms, Instructions and Guides
Louisiana Supreme Court In Forma Pauperis form
In Forma Pauperis Information Sheet (Deferring filing fees)
In The Best Interest | The factors judges consider when deciding custody matters
Divorce Statutes | Remember! A Self-Represented individual is presumed to know the law!!
You Can't Get Your Day in Court Without Proper Service! | The Importance of Proper Service
Other Legal Resources for Self-Represented Litigants
Often Self-Represented Litigants find that they need or want an attorney to assist with their case. Here are several options to find lawyers who may work with you for a reduced fee, one-time consult for fee, or other affordable fee arrangement.
New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA) Lawyer Referral Service | 504.561.8828
M-F, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm | online at NOBA Find A Lawyer
Depending on the ability to pay, callers are sent to one of the following:
NOBA Lawyer Referral Service Modest Means | Program for clients under $75,000 annual income, hourly rates will be no more than $75 per hour;
NOBA Lawyer Referral Service | Private attorneys are available for those who wish to pay regular fees, set by the attorney. Consultation fee is $75 for the first hour.
LIFT - Legal Innovators for Tomorrow Program | This program consists of solo practitioners committed to providing quality, affordable legal services. Please note that the LIFT Program is not a law firm.
Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Modest Means Online Legal Directory | Income Eligibility Required | This Louisiana State Bar Association directory provides contact information of attorneys who charge reduced rates or charge less because they represent someone for part, and not all, of a case - limited representation/unbundled services.
How to Find Free Legal Help | Income Eligibility Required
The Pro Bono Project | Income Eligibility Required | 504.581.4043
Services provided by volunteer lawyers include:
Consumer Rights and Contracts; Family Safety and Stability; Employment and Wage Issues; Intellectual Property; Wills & Estates & Successions; Tenant & Homeowner’s Rights; General Civil Law Issues; Contractor Fraud
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) | Income Eligibility Required | Jefferson 504.374.0977 | Orleans 504-529-1000
SLLS offers free legal aid for low-income people in Louisiana who are currently facing the following problems:
Domestic Violence; Other Family; Predatory Lenders; Consumer Law; Housing; Low Income Taxpayer; Government Benefits; Employment; School; Homelessness; Elderly Services; Successions/Title Clearing; Home Mortgage Foreclosures; Child Victims Of Abuse And/Or Neglect
For Brief Advice and Information
Louisiana Free Legal Answers | Income Eligibility Required | Ask a volunteer attorney about your specific, civil legal issue and they will reply with their professional opinion.
Louisiana Law Supreme Court Self Represented Litigant Resources | This guide offers helpful information to Louisiana self-represented litigants including help finding legal information, resources, and referrals.
Louisiana Law Help | This website includes civil legal aid resources available throughout Louisiana, as well as Frequently Asked Questions on divorce and custody.
Louisiana Domestic Violence Hotline | 1.888.411.1333 | 24-hour Hotline. Free. Confidential.
Managing Your Finances | Reaching Your Financial Goals
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal government agency, offers a suite of financial empowerment tools and resources to help empower people to take control over their financial lives. Information and tools can be found at Your Money, Your Goals webpage.
Topics include setting SMART goals, credit reports, managing debt, how to respond to a debt collector, cash flow budgeting, how to choose financial services and how to protect your money. These are available on the website as well as in print for free from GPO (the links are on the webpages). There are individual tools available in digital format that may be helpful to link directly to.
The CFPB has trained more than 35,000 frontline staff. In using these tools, which people have integrated into their social services, legal aid, financial services, etc. programs. In addition, the CFPB developed a financial well-being scale (FWB) to help individuals and organizations measure financial well-being. It is an easy to use, tested, validated and reliable scale that provides a numerical score, and is also available on the website. The FWB questionnaire, available in mobile format as well, can be filled out very quickly.