SCLS General Brochure

How does SCLS help people?

  • Provides representation in judicial and administrative forums
  • Gives legal counsel and advice
  • Conducts legal education and outreach about rights and responsibilities (“preventative” law)
  • Distributes legal self-help materials, forms
  • Conducts Self-Represented Litigant Clinics

What legal problems can SCLS handle?

  • Consumer/Finance: Bankruptcy (Chapter 7 & 13), Collections, Contracts/Warranties on Cars & Appliances
  • Education: Discipline, Special Education, & Bullying
  • Elder Law/Miscellaneous: Wills, Advanced Directives, Probate, FEMA & Other Disaster Benefits
  • Employment: Wage Claims, Federal Taxes, Unemployment, Expungement, Driver’s License Suspension
  • Family: Adoption, Visitation, Custody, Domestic Abuse, Name Changes, Amended Birth Certificates, Delayed Birth Certificates
  • Health: Medicaid, Medicare, Private Health Insurance
  • Housing: Foreclosures, Public Housing and Evictions, Homeownership, Federally Subsidized Housing
  • Income Maintenance/Public Benefits: Social Security, SNAP Benefits, Veterans Benefits, Family Independence Benefits (TANF)
  • Individual Rights: U Visas, T-Visas, Battered Spouse Waivers, Expungement

This is not a complete listing
The types of legal problems SCLS can handle may change depending on our resources.

What SCLS cannot handle:

  • Class Actions
  • Criminal Cases
  • Fee-Generating Cases
  • Litigation on Behalf of Prisoners
  • Lobbying and Political Activities

Who Is Eligible?

  • Low Income: Limits on income & assets (Exceptions: eligibility based on a particular grant)
  • Documented Citizens or Eligible Residents (Exceptions: human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence)

**Intake does not guarantee representation.**

Is there a cost?

Clients must pay:

  • Court filing fees – if not waived by the court
  • Cost ordered by a court
  • Guardian ad Litem fees
  • Mediation fees
  • Service or process fees
  • Nothing for the attorney

What special accommodations are available?

  • Home visits for the elderly/disabled
  • Language interpreter services and bilingual staff
  • Braille and sign language services
  • Meet in the county the client lives in
  • Late office hours

How to apply?

Other Resources?

Legal Information and Training for:

  • Low-income Community Groups
  • Faith-Based Groups
  • Public and Non-Profit Agencies

Pro Se Clinics:

  • Child Support
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Divorce (one-year separation)

Legal Information:

Invest In Us
You can help put justice in everyone’s reach by contributing to South Carolina Legal Services, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit law firm. We receive federal funding as well as various other grants. However, more than 800,000 South Carolinians live below the poverty level, and many legal needs go unmet. Click here to donate to SCLS using our JustGiving platform. You can also mail your monetary donations payable to South Carolina Legal Services, PO Box 1445, Columbia, SC 29202. Donations to SCLS are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.


South Carolina Legal Services is a statewide law firm that provides civil legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low-income South Carolinians.


All low-income South Carolinians will have full and fair access to justice.

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