Apply For Service:
South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free civil legal services for low income residents of South Carolina. We do not do any criminal cases. If you want to apply for legal services, you should call the statewide South Carolina Legal Services Intake Office at 1-888-346-5592 (toll free) or 803-744-9430 (Columbia area). Spanish speaking applicants and hearing-impaired applicants, who have TTY capability, who wish to apply for legal services should also call the statewide telephone number at 1-888-346-5592. You can call the intake line from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Please note we do not give legal advice over the phone.
If your primary language is something other than English and Spanish, you should call the closest SCLS office for an intake appointment.
Information about South Carolina Legal Services Intake Office (.ppt)
What To Expect:
Eligibility for assistance through SCLS depends on your income and assets and the type of problem you have.
So, you will be asked questions about your income and the type of problem you need help with in order to determine if you are eligible for legal services. The LATIS staff may refer you to the appropriate SCLS office or to another agency for further assistance. When giving out a referral, our staff tries to make the best referral possible. However, we cannot guarantee that the agency or program you are referred to will be able to represent you.
The income limit to be eligible for our services is 125% of the Federal poverty level, which changes every year in April. There is also an asset (money in bank accounts, property, etc.) limit. Some grants allow us to represent clients outside these financial limitations. The problem you have must be within the list of problems with which we can help.
In order to make sure that there is no conflict of interest, our staff will ask you for information about the person, business or agency with whom you are having a problem.
You should not call the intake line on behalf of another person. If you are calling on behalf of another person, spouse, or family member, we will determine whether we can speak with you or whether we need to speak directly with the person on whose behalf you are calling.
SCLS does not charge a fee for attorney's services to eligible clients whose cases are accepted. Clients are usually asked to pay expenses such as filing fees, service fees, and charges for obtaining medical and other records from providers.
Due to limited resources, we are unable to accept everyone’s case. However if your case is accepted, there are different levels of assistance you may receive: Counsel and Advice, some Brief Assistance, or more Extended Representation. SCLS will do our very best to see that you get all the help that is available to you.