Getting Legal Assistance
Individuals seeking legal assistance should first apply. Our field offices can't answer any questions or give legal advice until they have an application on file.
Call toll-free 1-800-723-6953 (Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) and talk with an Intake Specialist. You will find out if you are eligible for legal assistance. Kansas Legal Services gives free or low cost civil legal advice and representation for persons whose incomes make them eligible. Find out how to prepare for calling our Central Intake Line.
You may fill out our Online Application any time you have access to the internet. You will be contacted by an Intake Specialist within two business days. He or she will talk with you to figure out if you are eligible for services. You can fill out the Online Application anytime day or night, whenever you can get online, on a computer, a phone or a tablet.
KLS handles cases in these areas of law: consumer, employment, family, juvenile, health, housing, income maintenance and individual rights law. Please see our complete listing of cases we may be able to take.
The Kansas Bar Association provides a service called Lawyer Referral. You can call or email this service and get a referral to a lawyer that will suit your needs.
To request a free referral, contact the Lawyer Referral service at 1 (800) 928-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Kansas Bar Association website has a page of Frequently Asked Questions if you aren't sure about what kind of legal help you need.
Do you only want quick, low cost legal advice? The Kansas Bar Association has a service called "KanAsk-A-Lawyer" that will connect you to a lawyer to answer your legal questions for $2.00/minute.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Call the KBA Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) at 1-800-928-3111.
- The KBA LRS Representatives can refer you to a lawyer who can answer your question for $2 per minute.
How it works:
- You call 1-800-928-3111.
- You provide your debit/credit card account information to your LRS Referral Representative.
- Your LRS Referral Representative will place a temporary hold on your credit card for $50 to ensure the card account is open and active.
- Your LRS Referral Representative will transfer you to an experienced Kansas lawyer.
- You ask your question or discuss your issue.
- The lawyer contacts LRS to confirm the length of the telephone call.
- Your LRS Referral Representative releases the $50 hold and charges your card based on the length of the call.
Free Legal Answers for Low Income Kansans
Another resource is available through the telephone. Kansas is part of a national network to provide free legal assistance to income-eligible persons.
The program, hosted by the American Bar Association in partnership with the Kansas Bar Association, launched https://Kansas.freelegalanswers.org in the fall of 2016. The service expands legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney. Users have to meet eligibility guidelines in Kansas.
Civil legal questions (up to three per year) may be put online and users will get an answer via email.
The site is always available online and open to receive questions 24/7. All questions asked on ABA Free Legal Answers are protected by attorney-client privilege. Read more here about eligibility requirements and what happens when you use the service.
Kansas Legal Services provides free online legal forms as a service to low income Kansans to solve legal issues on their own. We also want to help busy Kansas courts.
Forms are easy to use, interactive forms that will give you the documents you need for filing or responding to legal actions in Kansas district courts.
Please note, it is always best to talk to a lawyer before moving along in a court case on your own.
Elder Law Hotline
For any Kansan over 60.
Access to Justice Advice Line
Please get this phone number from your local district court clerk. This hotline gives special access to district courts and persons referred to KLS by district courts in pro se (self-represented) and domestic law matters.
Children's Advocacy Resource Center
A resource for guardians ad litem, social workers, judges and child advocates..
Foster Care Helpline
1-877-298-2674 or 234-8345 in Topeka
The Helpline provides up-to-date information about the foster care system to foster children, parents and others.