Our office is open Monday - Thursday from 9:00 to 5:00. We are closed during the noon hour. Please call the office to schedule an appointment or for more information. We serve low-income individuals and seniors in Linn and Benton Counties.
Listed below are some of the different problems the Albany Office of Legal Aid can help you with:
Family: Advice, self-help materials and representation in court for survivors of domestic or sexual violence for restraining orders, stalking orders, divorce, custody, parenting time, modifications, child and spousal support. Advice for biological parents facing guardianship or third-party custody cases.
Government Benefits: Advice and representation for people who are having problems with cash assistance, medical or other government programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), General Assistance (GA), Food Stamps, Social Security, SSI, the JOBS program, the Oregon Health Plan, Temporary Assistance to Domestic Violence Survivors (TADVS), Medicaid, Medicare, Vocational Rehabilitation, or unemployment compensation.
Housing: General Housing: Advice and representation of landlord-tenant problems, such as illegal possession of tenant property, utility shut-offs, lock-outs, evictions, deposits and poor housing conditions. Subsidized Housing: Advice, assistance and representation to applicants in government assisted programs.
Seniors: Advice and representation for seniors, age 60 years or older, regardless of their income level. Medicaid, Medicare benefits, housing problems, elder abuse, foster care and nursing home problems, defense of guardianship or conservatorship, age or handicap discrimination, divorces and restraining orders for victims of domestic violence, debt collection harassment and consumer "scams", foreclosures and denials of Farmers Home Administration, FHA and Veterans Loans.
Other Civil Matters: Legal Aid also can assist if you have an unusual situation, question or problem that may affect large numbers of low income people.
We do not help with: Criminal law, traffic matters, bankruptcy or fee-generating cases (such as personal injury or worker's compensation). If you are low-income and have a criminal problem, ask the courthouse about a court-appointed criminal defense attorney.
Free Computer: If you do not have internet access, our office has a computer that is free to use. This computer has many links to important information for low-income people.
Resources: We have lots of free written information on various subjects.
About Individual tax issues: LASO’s Multnomah County office helps low-income taxpayers anywhere in the state of Oregon with tax problems. Most tax cases can be handled by phone and fax or mail, without the need to go in person to the Portland office. Call the Portland office at 503-224-4086 or 1-888-610-8764 to see if you qualify.