Alaska Legal Services Corporation provides free legal services to eligible clients determined by income eligibility and case eligibility. Alaskans over the age of 60 are usually provided assistance without regard to income, although a priority is placed on providing assistance to seniors in social or economic need.
There are a number of factors that are considered when we make a decision about income eligibility. Generally, you will be eligible if your income does not exceed 125% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines for Alaska. Depending on your situation, you might be eligible to receive services even if your income is higher than these guidelines:
In addition to income eligibility, application acceptance is based on whether there is a conflict of interest and if your situation meets the priorities of our office.
A conflict of interest occurs when our prior or current representation of someone is connected with your case. After receiving an application we review our records to see if we have already advised an opposing party. If a conflict of interest exists, we will contact the applicant as soon as possible to inform them that we cannot provide representation or legal advice. ALSC will try to refer the applicant to an agency or organization that might be able to assist them.
Another determining factor is based on our Office Priorities. ALSC has limited resources so we must prioritize which cases we are able to take. Our case acceptance decisions are guided by priorities established by the office and approved by our governing board. A copy of our priorities and case acceptance policy is available upon request.
If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the nearest Alaska Legal Services Corporation office.