Every day, Missourians are denied the basic rights to which they are entitled under the law simply because they can’t afford an attorney. We’re on a mission to change that!
Legal Aid of Western Missouri provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to people who need it most and can afford it least.
The availability of free civil legal aid can make all the difference to our neighbors who are fighting to stay in their homes, escape domestic violence, secure veterans’ benefits or address many other legal challenges that go to the heart of their security and well-being.
We serve 40 counties in Missouri where approximately 295,000 people live in poverty — most of whom you will never meet or even know. But they are a lot like you. They have families, hopes and dreams. They are your neighbors. They live in the communities you call home.
Every day, Missourians are denied the basic rights to which they are entitled under the law simply because they can’t afford an attorney.
Our success stories shine a light on the sorts of civil legal issues our clients face and show how your support impacts your neighbors and your community. Without you, none of this would have been possible. Your support proves one person can make a difference in the lives of people in need.
But there is so much more to do. It’s hard to play in a game where your opponent has the gear and you have nothing. Our low-income neighbors face the civil justice system empty-handed.
“Everything Legal Aid provided me with helped me to understand my rights and what I’m able to do.”