If you have questions about the unemployment benefits system in general, or you are thinking of representing yourself in an unemployment benefits hearing, then we provide a lengthy section of “Frequently Asked Questions” to help you. Click here: FAQs.
If you are planning to or are already representing yourself, we have some “self-help material” about many of the stages of the process that may be of assistance to you. Click here: Self-Help Materials.
If you need legal assistance in areas other than unemployment benefits, here are a few other resources that may be able to help you:
Columbia Legal Services is a statewide legal aid program that provides civil legal services in areas of critical legal need, often for groups or large numbers of clients.
Legal Action Center pursues its mission to reduce homelessness by preventing illegal or unnecessary evictions and/or housing subsidy terminations.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) provides comprehensive immigration legal services and community education to advance the human rights and well-being of low-income immigrants living in Washington.
Northwest Justice Project (NJP) is the largest civil legal aid provider in Washington. NJP operates the state’s intake and referral process—through CLEAR and 211 hotlines—and online self-help resource,Washington Law Help.
Northwest Health Law Advocates promotes increased access to health care and basic health care rights and protections for all individuals through legal and policy advocacy, education, and support to community organizations.
Benefits Law Center provides direct legal assistance to low-income and homeless individuals in the region related to their eligibility for Disability benefits.
Seattle University School of Law’s Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic teaches students the fundamental skills and values of practicing attorneys by representing clients under faculty supervision.
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission – a ministry that provides free civil legal services to homeless and extremely low-income clients. Primary areas of practice include court fines, re-licensing, warrants, child support, family law and assistance obtaining identification.
Solid Ground is a community organization with over 30 programs working to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and neglect. The Family Assistance Program provides information and referral, advice, and direct legal representation to individuals who have had their state public assistance benefits reduced, terminated, or denied.
TeamChild provides free civil legal representation and community education to help youth involved in the juvenile justice system secure the education, health, housing and other supports they need to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.
University of Washington School of Law’s Clinical Law Program is central to the law school’s public service and access to justice efforts. A variety of clinics offer diverse practice opportunities to nearly 60% of each JD class.
And still more:
King County Office of Civil Rights and Compliance: Investigates discrimination complaint against employers in unincorporated King County.
Legal Voice: Provides free legal information, referrals, and workshops on a variety of legal issues.
Washington State Labor & Industries: Information on employee/employer legal rights under state regulations. Here you can file a lost wages claim if an employer has not paid you for hours worked.