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- Unless you give us permission, CLS won’t talk about you or your case to anyone who doesn’t work for us. If you threaten to commit a crime, including hurting yourself or another person, we’ll have to report that.
- You won’t have to pay for any help you get from CLS if you meet certain income limits. CLS reviews your wages and assets (including bank accounts, etc.) in order to see if you qualify for help by our program. CLS also looks at the type of legal problem you’re having, and whether or not we have resources (including staff) available to help you.
- Some CLS offices can help seniors who are 60 and over regardless of income, but only if the individual problem falls within CLS priorities, and if there are resources to provide help at the times needed.
- When you contact us, we’ll ask you questions to help us figure out if we can help you. The questions will be about your income, assets and legal problem.
What kinds of cases can CLS help with?
- Family law: domestic violence, divorce, custody, guardianship and others;
- Consumer/debt problems, including bankruptcy, garnishment, collection, repossession and others;
- Housing law, including foreclosures in some but not all CLS offices, evictions, landlord/tenant issues and others;
- Issues for seniors, including living wills, medical durable powers of attorney, and more;
- Problems with programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, SSI, and other government benefits;
- Tax controversies with the IRS, including Tax Court litigation, IRS exams and audits, IRS appeals, identity theft/tax preparer fraud, liens and levies, collection alternatives (installment agreements, offers in compromise, economic hardship issues), earned
income tax credit denials, innocent spouse relief, underreported/disputed income, and cancellation of debt income;
- Other civil (not criminal or traffic) problems; and
- Immigration: we can help citizens and those who are (1) present in the U.S. and (2) have an acceptable “category” of immigration. These categories are complicated and assessed on a case by case basis, but include Lawful Permanent Residents and Asylees, among other categories.
These are all the types of cases that CLS handles. Some offices do not handle all types of cases because of limited resources. Please contact your local office for details about the types of cases currently being accepted.
- What can we do to help you?
- May offer you advice from an attorney about your problem;
- May help you file your own case in court;
- May refer you to a legal aid clinic, or to another program or agency that can help you
- A paralegal in one of our offices may help you;
- A staff attorney in one of our offices may help you; and/or
- An attorney who takes cases from us and works for free may help you.
- What if we can’t help you?
- If your problem involves a criminal charge or traffic ticket, contact the Public Defender’s office
- Check out the other resources on our website
- If you want to know how to find an attorney
Getting Help from the Courts
The Colorado Judicial Branch (Colorado courts) website has a self-help center online, with legal forms and instructions for downloading and printing. Go to their website for more information.
Help from Other Organizations
The CLS website has a list of organizations that can help you with other types of issues. Go to the client information of this website, choose the type of problem you are having in general, choose a more specific problem, enter in your location then click on ‘Where to Get Other Help’.