Eligibility

You must live in Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile, or Washington counties or have a legal matter that must be handled in Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile, or Washington County.

 

You must be 19 years or older. A parent or legal guardian can apply for services on behalf of a minor in some circumstances.

 

This is an income and asset based program for low-income households. Your income and assets must fall beneath a certain level. 

 

As a recipient of federal funds, SAVLP is restricted from handling certain types of cases.

  • SAVLP does not handle criminal matters
  • SAVLP does not handle fee generating matters that private attorneys are willing to take on a contigency basis
  • SAVLP does not do rulemaking, lobbying, class actions
  • SAVLP cannot handle legal matters on behalf of incarcerated or institutionalized persons and undocumented immigrants (clients must sign an attestation of USA citizenship or provide Eligible Non-Citizen Status)

 

The kinds of cases *normally accepted are:


  • Adoption (by agreement)
  • Advice before lawsuit
  • Custody (by agreement)
  • Child support modifications
  • Collection of judgments (under $3000)
  • Contracts and warranties
  • Credit access and debt collection
  • Deeds and home ownership issues
  • Divorce (by agreement or by publication)
  • Enforcement of court order from divorce involving children (excluding child support)
  • Enforcement of worker’s compensation (under $1000 or for medical expenses)
  • Estates (by agreement)
  • Foreclosure Prevention
  • Guardianship and conservatorship
  • Landlord-Tenant matters
  • Name changes (minor and adult)
  • Paternity/legitimation (by agreement)
  • Power of attorney
  • Visitation
  • Wage claims (under $2500)
  • Wills and living wills

     *Our subject guidelines differ according to county and are subject to change depending on availability of volunteers

 

If you have a legal issue that is not listed, contact the SAVLP office at (251) 438-1102 or toll free (855) 997-2857.  You will receive voicemail but your call will be returned in the order that it was received. 

 

If you have given details of the case to Legal Services Alabama, please do not call SAVLP.  Legal Services will refer the matter to SAVLP if the case meets SAVLP guidelines.
If you have given details of the case to Legal Services Alabama, please do not call SAVLP.  Legal Services will refer the matter to SAVLP if the case meets SAVLP guidelines.