Improving the lives of low-income Arkansans by championing equal access to justice for all

Get legal help now!

Apply online
or
Call our toll-free helpline at 1-800-9 LAW AID
(1-800-952-9243)

Read More

Volunteer!

You can help make the ideal of justice for all a reality in someone’s life today.

Read More

Donate Now!

Your gift will ensure that all Arkansans have access to critical civil legal services that protect health, safety, economic security, and family stability.

Read More

Blog

You Can Get Tax Transcripts from IRS.gov

The IRS recently opened up its “get transcript” function on irs.gov after one year of unavailability. This tool gives taxpayers access to a copy of their tax transcripts and other important tax documents.  The IRS has strengthened its authentication process to protect against identity theft.  The new process is a two-step authentication process. To access

Read More

Bridge over a river in north central Arkansas

Bridging the Justice Gap with “Low Bono”

The access to justice gap is wide in Arkansas. Nearly one-third of Arkansans qualify for free legal services. Arkansas’s two pro bono law firms, Legal Aid of Arkansas and Center for Arkansas Legal Services, work diligently to address the gap in access to justice.  However, a large portion of individuals who financially qualify for pro

Read More

Tax filing season is over. Now what?

Filing season for 2015 is behind us, but many taxpayers still owe the IRS.  During May the IRS sends out many tax due notices, causing panic for many. If you can’t pay the entire balance due, you don’t have to.  The IRS has collection alternatives, including monthly payment plans.  The most important thing to do: respond to

Read More

Update from the Executive Director

Starting in May, Lee Richardson will provide monthly updates about Legal Aid’s activities, events, and staff. Lee Richardson is the Executive Director of Legal Aid of Arkansas.  The 4th Annual Law Day Running Festival was Saturday, May 7. Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and runners who made our event a success. We had a lower turnout

Read More

LEGAL AID FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST DHS

The Department of Human Services has unjustifiably and arbitrarily cut Medicaid services for two individuals with severe disabilities, putting them at risk of having to leave their homes and go to nursing facilities.  In response, the two individuals, Bradley Ledgerwood of Cash, 34 years old, and Ethel Jacobs of West Helena, 90 years old, have

Read More

cropped Overall Outstanding Service Award

Legal Aid Honors Volunteer Attorneys

In observance of Law Day, May 1, 2016, Legal Aid recognized the outstanding volunteer attorneys who donated their time to help clients who could not otherwise afford an attorney. These private attorneys help us ensure equal access to justice for all. Click the name of an Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney to view his or her

Read More

National Reentry Week

LEGAL AID OF ARKANSAS CELEBRATES NATIONAL REENTRY WEEK

WHAT IS IT? National Reentry Week is a program created by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). WHEN IS IT? April 24-30, 2016 WHERE IS IT? Nationwide! The DOJ is partnering with national and local organizations across the country to coordinate events, and to draw attention to the importance of reentry work. WHY DO

Read More

photo: thinkstock.com

Legal Aid Defeats Misuse of Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly Statute

Until recently, the Craighead County District Court was using a non-criminal statute to criminally sanction people with mental illness. The CCDC has a history of imposing fines and fees on individuals arrested under A.C.A. 12-11-110, Arkansas’s Drunk, Insane, or Disorderly statute. The DID statute gives officers authority to detain someone who is an obvious danger

Read More

1460109_631586840216439_2073314195_n

Tax Deadline Approaching!

The deadline to file your individual income tax return is right around the corner.  The normal filing deadline is April 15.  However, this year, through a weirdness in the calendar, the deadline is extended toMonday, April 18.  That’s still only a few days away. You need to file by the deadline because there is a

Read More

LEGAL AID OF ARKANSAS PRESENTS

Sealing Criminal Records in Arkansas

Comprehensive Criminal Sealing Act of 2013 Two years have passed since the comprehensive overhaul of the Arkansas’ expungement statutes went into effect. Providing clearer, standardized definitions for sealing records, the law has had time to be implemented and interpreted by the Courts. This article will focus on the current state of sealing criminal records in

Read More