Legal Resources Available
Updated December 22, 2021
Need free legal help? New Mexico Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic in which qualifying users post civil legal question to be answered by pro bono attorneys licensed in their state. Question topics include Family, Divorce, Custody, Housing, Eviction, Homelessness, Consumer Rights, Financial, Work, Employment, Unemployment, Health and Disability, Civil Rights, Income Maintenance, Juvenile and Education Law. ABA Free Legal Answers is a project of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. If you would like more information about the site, please visit the Committee’s Free Legal Answers website.
The New Mexico Legal Resources for the Elderly program helps New Mexicans age 55 and older. Call 1-800-876-6657.
The Silver City New Mexico Legal Aid office is open M-F 8:30am – 12pm, 1:00-5:00 pm, 301 W. College Avenue, (575) 388-0091, https://www.legalaidoffices.com/city/nm-silver_city. Intake is closed until January 3, 2022. Please call for services.
The New Mexico Courts website has a self-help section here, offering general information about how to represent yourself in court: https://self-help.nmcourts.gov/self-help-guide/
Find information about your rights, programs to help families, and advocacy to ensure that all New Mexicans have access to critical services at New Mexico Poverty Law Center. For Eviction Rights, Worker Rights, and Support Programs go to www.nmpovertylaw.org/covid-19-resources
Military and Veterans: ABA Home Front provides legal information, resources, and a directory of legal programs for veterans, service members, and military families. Programs listed include military legal assistance offices, legal aid and pro bono organizations, lawyer referral and information services, and military-specific programs where available. Visit www.abahomefront.org.
Military: The ABA Military Pro Bono Project accepts case referrals from military attorneys on behalf of junior-enlisted, active-duty military personnel facing civil legal issues, and it works to place these cases with pro bono attorneys. Visit www.militaryprobono.org.
The State Bar General Referral Program connects you to an attorney for a 30-minute consultation for a $35 fee. After that, you decide if you need further services from the attorney and come to an agreement with them about costs. Details about the program are at https://www.sbnm.org/For-Public/I-Need-a-Lawyer or by phone: 505-797-6066 or 1-800-876-6227 (select option 2). You can also search the State Bar directory here: https://www.sbnm.org/For-Public/I-Need-a-Lawyer/Online-Bar-Directory
For more information, check out the Silver City Public Library blog – https://silvercitypubliclibrary.org/2021/04/01/civil-legal-assistance-updated-info/