Military Legal Assistance Offices
Visit the U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance Locator to locate the nearest military legal assistance office (click on "Advanced" and "Accept"). Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.
Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs
Visit FindLegalHelp.org to locate programs that provide free civil legal assistance. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.
Lawyer Referral Programs
Visit the Lawyer Referral Directory to locate programs that can connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. In the search box, type your state, county, or city to find local programs. Some attorneys with these programs, however, may offer discounted initial consultations or may charge reduced fees based on your income. Contact these programs for more information.
Military/Veteran Specific Programs
If programs are listed below, they are designed to assist military members and/or veterans with legal matters. See the specific details and contact these programs for more information. Also visit nationwide programs.
ABA Free Legal Answers
If you can't afford a lawyer, ABA Free Legal Answers may be able to help. For most civil (non-criminal) legal questions, if your state participates, click on "Select the state where you live" and click on your state to ask a question.
For VA benefits, discharge upgrades, or other veteran-related legal questions: Choose "ABA Federal" in the "Select the state where you live" dropdown menu to ask a discharge upgrade or VA-related question, and receive an answer from an attorney.
Philadelphia Bar Association Military Assistance Program
1101 Market Street, 11th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Visit Philadelphia Bar Association Website
Counties served: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery
Type of Cases Accepted: For active duty military and their families: Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act, Uniformed Service Employment and Reemployment Act, Personal Bankruptcy, Debtor/Creditor, Will, Living Will, Power of Attorney, Guardianship, Estate and Tax Planning, Divorce, Custody, Support, Visitation, Spousal Abuse, Paternity, Adoption, Immigration & Naturalization, Health Insurance, Property & Casualty Insurance, Employment, Employment Discrimination, Unemployment Compensation, Landlord/Tenant, Real Estate and Tax. For post 9/11 veterans: Veterans Service Related Compensation, VA Health Care and Discharge Upgrades.