Financial Eligibility Income Guidelines

Legal aid has established a maximum gross income level for different family sizes. The maximum gross income level is 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (shown in the chart below). These numbers are the maximum levels. If certain factors are present, legal aid can waive up to 200% in unusual or meritorious circumstances. Call the HelpLine to see if you qualify for free legal help.

Size of Family Unit Weekly Maximum Monthly Maximum Yearly Maximum
1 $286 $1,238 $14,850
2 $385 $1,669 $20,025
3 $485 $2,100 $25,200
4 $584 $2,531 $30,375
5 $684 $2,963 $35,550
6 $783 $3,394 $40,725
7 $883 $3,826 $45,913
8 $983 $4,259 $51,113


Household income is used in deciding whether you are eligible. This means that the income of everyone who lives in the house is used to determine if you are eligible for free legal aid. There are some exceptions to income, such as food stamps and housing vouchers.

Examples of income include:

  • Wages and salary before any deductions
  • Income from self-employment
  • Government benefits (Social Security, SSD/SSI, veterans, unemployment, workers comp)
  • Child support, alimony, or military family allotments
  • Private and public pension benefits or insurance/annuity payments
  • Income from dividends, interest, rent, royalties, or payments from estates or trusts
  • Any other cash benefit or regular or recurring sources of financial support


In certain instances, if it appears necessary to verify an applicant's income, we may ask for the previous year's income tax returns, bank statements, etc.


We may provide legal assistance to a group, corporation, or association if it is primarily composed of persons eligible for legal assistance under 45 CFR Part 1611 and it provides information showing that it lacks, and has no practical means of obtaining, funds to retain private counsel.

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