Legal Services

We help our clients:

  • Escape domestic violence
  • Avoid homelessness
  • Obtain food, health care,
    and other benefits

We help our community by:

  • Providing outreach and education
  • Supporting coalitions among the legal community
    to fight social problems like domestic violence
  • Discouraging discrimination

Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. provides a range of services in the legal areas above. However, each local office practices in different areas of law and may not cover all of the areas of law listed above. Please click on the links above for more information.

To apply for legal assistance in any of these areas, please visit our "Apply for Help" tab above.

Table of Contents

  1. Family Law
  2. Domestic Violence
  3. Housing
  4. Migrant
  5. Native American
  6. Public Benefits
  7. Seniors

Family Law

Family walking in parkGenerally, family law involves issues such as:

  • Adoption
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Paternity
  • Spousal Support
  • Visitation
  • Civil Protection Orders

However, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc. is limited in the types of family law cases we can accept. We may provide legal help to families in the following types of cases: 

  • Civil protection order, divorce, establishing or modifying custody, visitation, and/or child support, where domestic violence is present, or
  • Guardianships for seniors or minors (some offices only).

We accept cases based on program priorities, available staff, and funding in each local office.

To apply for legal help in any of these areas, please visit the "Apply for Help" tab above. 

How to Find Legal Help | Family Law Information and Resources

Domestic Violence

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1-877-500-2980.

Domestic Violence is a serious national problem

 Mother with childYou can find the following information on this page:

Or, you can click below to get to the following information:

  • Services to find the kind of legal services Idaho Legal Aid can help with.
  • Emergency Help to find information about legal services, shelters, and hotlines that help with domestic violence.
  • Useful Information to find information about domestic violence that you can read, print, or download.

 

 

About Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a serious national problem. Between two and four million women are victimized--by intimate partners, family members, or household members--every year. In 1997, Idaho alone reported 16,447 crisis calls made to domestic violence shelters, 2,827 domestic violence offenses, 6,980 filings for protection orders, and 1,042 women seeking temporary refuge in domestic violence or homeless shelters.

Domestic Violence occurs in many forms. It may involve emotional or verbal abuse, denial of access to resources or money, restraint of activities or freedom (including isolation from friends and family), sexual coercion or assault, threats to kill or harm, and physical intimidation or attacks.

Domestic violence is not simply a family matter; it is a crime. If you are being abused, threatened, or harassed, there are many community and government organizations that can help you. And, if you or your family members are in physical danger, there are several places you can call to obtain immediate assistance.

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If you or someone you know is getting hurt, you can find help...

Call:

  • 911 if you are in danger
  • (800) 669-3176 Idaho 24-hour Domestic Violence Hotline
  • (800) 799-7233 (SAFE) National Domestic Violence Hotline
  • (800) 656-4673 Sexual Assault Hotline
  • (877) 500-2980 Domestic Violence Legal Advice Line

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You are being abused if...

  • You are kicked, shoved, chased, slapped, punched, thrown around or physically harmed in any way.
  • You are continuously afraid to express your feelings for fear of your partner's response.
  • You are forced to have sex against your will.
  • You are forcibly isolated from friends and relatives.
  • You are verbally degraded.

If any of this is happening to you, you are in danger of getting hurt. Consider getting some help. Talk with friends about your situation.

You are not alone. 

Love shouldn't hurt. There is no excuse for domestic violence.

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 Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information

Housing

Man in wheelchair emptying dishwasher

Housing laws involve issues such as:

  • Evictions
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Homeowner rights
  • House foreclosure
  • Mobile home tenants
  • Property taxes
  • Rights of tenants
  • Safe housing
  • Utility bills

Idaho Legal Aid Services is limited in what types of cases that can be accepted based on program priorities, available staff and funding in each local office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of our local offices.

Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information

Fair Housing - Predatory Lending

Migrant

Migrant farm workerMigrant Farmworker laws involve such issues as:

  • Evictions
  • Public benefits
  • Unpaid wages

 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is limited in what types of cases that can be accepted based on program priorities, available staff and funding in each local office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of our local offices.

 

 Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information

Native American

Native American man hoding grandaughter

 

Native American law involves such issues as:

  • Family law: child custody, and child support
  • Indian Child Welfare Act: child custody, guardianship, child protection, parental rights termination
  • Tribal Court representation
  • Land rights and protection: leasing, rights of way, and trespass
  • Tribal Jurisdiction/Treaty Rights
  • Trust responsibility

 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is limited in what types of cases that can be accepted based on program priorities, available staff and funding in each local office.

 If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of our local offices.

 Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information

Public Benefits

ChildPublic benefits involves such issues as:

  • County assistance
  • Energy assistance
  • Food stamps
  • Social Security
  • Supplemental Social Security income
  • TAFI (temporary assistance for families in Idaho)

 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is limited in what types of cases that can be accepted based on program priorities, available staff and funding in each local office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of our local offices.

 Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information

Seniors

Senior lady

Elder laws involve issues that surround seniors such as:

  • Abuse/domestic violence
  • Credit
  • Discrimination
  • Guardianship
  • Health benefits
  • Long term health care
  • Nursing home issues
  • Power of Attorney
  • Probate
  • Social Security benefits

 

Idaho Legal Aid Services is limited in what types of cases that can be accepted based on program priorities, available staff and funding in each local office.

If you are a Senior, start by calling our Senior Legal Hotline.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact one of our local offices.

 Services | Emergency Help | Useful Information