Do you have a legal issue in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum County but no money to hire an attorney?


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If you are a low-income resident of Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties, or if you are low-income and you have a civil legal matter that is filed in Cowlitz or Wahkiakum counties you can utilize our free services.

Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Legal Aid (CWLA) is a 501(c)3 organization providing services in Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Lewis, and Pacific counties. The majority of our cases are family law, protective orders, housing, bankruptcy, real property, and wills/estates. We work with local attorneys who volunteer or work part-time as employees or contractors. We also provide community presentations, legal referrals, free forms, and instructional materials. We also provide case managers who help clients along the way.

Most of this work takes place in legal advice clinics and consultations, and in some limited or extensive legal representation, where clients have high barriers to self-representation.

Race Equity is one of our primary goals, and we have language services for the community.

We are a service of the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Bar Association.

For more information on our services, please download a copy of our brochure!

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In order to access our services, your first step is to call 360-425-2579, or call the Northwest Justice Project’s CLEAR line at 1-888-201-1014 (line open 9:15-12:15 M-F). You can also email us at

‘CLEAR’ stands for ‘Coordinated Legal Education, Advice & Referral.’ The number will be very busy so be prepared to take some time for the call.
Over 60? Call CLEAR Sr., 1-888-387-7111 You must meet income eligibility requirements for CLEAR screening.  However, there is no income eligibility screening for CLEAR, Sr.
You can now access CLEAR online! CLICK THE BUTTON to complete the CLEAR*Online application:
CLEAR Website
The CLEAR online application is specifically for urgent housing and public benefits cases.

Moderate Means Program

Not eligible for low-income legal services?
Click below to find out whether you are eligible for referral to an attorney through the Washington State Bar Association’s Moderate Means Program. 
Moderate Means Website

For more information about receiving help with civil legal issues in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties when you cannot afford to hire an attorney, call (360) 425-2579 or Contact Us By Email
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1338 Commerce Avenue, Suite C (Lower Level)
Longview WA 98632
Click for MapOur phone number is 360-425-2579
Our FAX number is: 888-234-4665

Take a look around our site and find many resources for the self-represented.  We have forms, links to information and how-to videos for your use.
Volunteer attorneys will find many resources in the various sections of our site as well

Cowlitz Wahkiakum Legal Aid is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization