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Welcome to Legal Aid Line

Here to Help with Your Civil Legal Problems

Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO), Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE), and LAWO's pro bono partners are here to help you with your civil legal problems. All of our services are free. Some services may be provided by telephone, online, or by mail. Legal representation may be provided by one of our attorneys or by a volunteer attorney program partner. The size of our staff and our resources may limit the legal problems we are able to help you with. If we cannot help you with your problem, we will try to give you helpful information to handle your problem on your own or to find other help that may be available in your community.

Be sure to visit our online Self-Help Center for information, forms, sample letters, and other helpful resources. We do not help with criminal matters. For help with a criminal matter, call the Public Defender’s office or your local Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service. If you are unsure whether your legal problem is civil or criminal, call us. We will help you determine which type of issue you have. If your civil legal problem is outside our 32-county service area, visit to find the Ohio legal aid program near you.

Receiving help from LAWO, ABLE, or a volunteer lawyer program begins with Legal Aid Line. An application for services can be completed online or by telephone. Our intake staff will ask you questions to help us determine if you are eligible for free legal help. To receive help, you must be low-income and live in one of 32 counties of northwest and west central Ohio, OR be an Ohio resident and have a legal problem in one of 32 counties of northwest and west central Ohio, OR be an agricultural worker living or working anywhere in Ohio. Click here to view our service area and a list of the counties where we provide services. 

Download the LAWO and ABLE Informational Brochures

Language Help

English and Spanish speaking staff are available to help you. We offer interpreters if you do not speak English or Spanish. Some language interpreters may require an appointment.

We offer American Sign Language interpreters by appointment.

Access to Services

LAWO and ABLE services are fully accessible. The law firms will make reasonable accommodations to program policies and procedures to enable people with disabilities to participate in and benefit from our services. If you require an accommodation, please ask the receptionist.

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