FREE & LOW-COST LEGAL SERVICES

Virtual Pro Se Clinics

Due to COVID-19, the in-person Pro Se Legal Clinics will be closed until further notice. Virtual clinics are available on a limited basis. 

(Attorney volunteers: Please visit the ACBA Members Only page or email the Bar office to find out how to help) 

FAMILY LAW: The ACBA Family Law Pro Se Legal Clinic is staffed by volunteer family law attorneys who assist with matters involving child support, maintenance, parenting time, separation agreement, post decree issues, adoption, and juvenile.  Each pro se litigant has the opportunity to speak to an attorney one-on one. This is a 'walk-in' clinic.

For the Family Law Pro Se Clinic, submit one form for a consultation, either PDF or online. A volunteer attorney will contact you by phone or email.

Colorado Courts Information - click here: Divorce, Family Matters, Civil Unions Subcategories


PROBATE/ESTATE PLANNING: The ACBA Probate/Estate Planning Pro Se Legal Clinic is staffed by volunteer Probate/Estate Planning attorneys who assist with matters involving probate of a deceased person's assets; arrangements for a disabled minor or adult dependent, including guardian and conservatorship proceedings; drafting of estate planning documents like wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and declaration of medical or surgical treatment (living will).

For the Family Law Pro Se Clinic, submit one form for a consultation, either PDF or online. A volunteer attorney will contact you by phone or email.

  • PDF - CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A FORM -- form coming soon
  • Online form - Click Here


UPDATE: Arapahoe County now offers electronic filing for Pro Se parties.

E-Filing for Non-Attorneys

Lawyers at the Library

This program is temporarily closed. The ACBA sponsors periodic Lawyers at the Library (5:30-7:30 p.m.) clinics, which offers library patrons a free 30-minute consultation of various legal topics.  Interested individuals should contact Bemis Public Library to sign up. 

Arapahoe County Self-Represented Litigant Coordinators

Every judicial district in the state is staffed by one or more Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator that provides assistance to people needing help navigating through the court system.  The Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator can answer questions about forms, the legal system, court procedure, and court processes but cannot provide legal advice.  The Self-Represented Litigant Coordinators for Arapahoe County are:

Coordinators: Maria Scardina and Bradly Halm

Tel. 303-645-6845

Email: 18selfhelp@judicial.state.co.us

Click here for Arapahoe County Court 

Chief Justice Directive 13-01 provides information on what a Sherlock can and cannot do.  This directive can be found at:https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Supreme_Court/Directives/13-01.pdf  

Legal Forms

The State Judicial Branch provides standard instructions and forms on various legal issues.  These forms can be found here: Self-Help Forms  

OTHER INFORMATION

Videos

Small Claims – Learn how to file a small claims case

Evidence – What it is and how to prepare It.

Contempt in Domestic Cases – Instructions and forms you will need.

Service of Process – Learn how to complete the process.

Mechanics Lien – learn how to file.

Security Deposits – Information for Renters.

Divorce

Mediation

Office of Dispute Resolution provides dispute resolution services for the Colorado Judicial Branch.  You can find out more about the Office of Dispute Resolution at:

https://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/Unit.cfm?Unit=odr 

OurCourtsColorado.org

Our Courts is a nationally recognized program that brings non-partisan informational programs to adult audiences to further public knowledge and understanding of the state and federal courts in Colorado. Our Courts began in 2007 as a joint activity of the Colorado Judicial Institute and the Colorado Bar Association. Consistent with its purpose, Our Courts' presentations and volunteer speakers take no position regarding any court case, legislation, ballot issue, or proposed change to the court system.

All of the videos were made to educate people about Colorado's merit selection system for state judges and this year's judicial retention elections, and encourage people to vote their entire ballot. 

Click here to learn more

So, You're 18 Now. A Survival Guide for Young Adults

This booklet (2005), designed for young adults who are turning 18 years old, provides basic information on the new rights and responsibilities they have upon becoming an adult in the eyes of the law. It provides brief answers to some of the questions that young adults may have about their rights and responsibilities and additional resource information.  

Topics covered include:

  • Citizenship (military service, voting, taxation).

  • Where You Live (renting, buying, lease issues).
  • Family Law (marriage, dissolution, paternity, domestic violence)
  • On the Job ( pay, benefits, discrimination, sexual harassment, unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation)
  • On the Road (autos: buying, registration, insurance, tickets, accidents)
  • At the Store (consumer credit and protection, discrimination, high pressure sales at your home, collection practices)
  • Estate Planning (wills and other estate planning documents) 

Schools are eligible for free copies.  Anyone from the public may purchase a copy $2 each.  To place an order, please contact info@arapbar.org.  

Attorney / Judicial Officer Complaints

Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Registration Counsel
Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Registration Counsel considers and investigates complaints against Colorado Lawyers.  For more information you can contact the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel’s Office at  (303) 866-6410 or 1(877) 888-1370 or access its website at: http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/Complaints/Complaints_Disc.asp.

Colorado Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration/Mediation Committees
The Colorado Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration/Mediation Committees  handle disagreements between Colorado lawyers and their clients regarding lawyer fees. Call (303) 824-5371.
The Commission on Judicial Discipline handles complaints of misconduct by a Judge (other than a magistrate or municipal court judge). To file complaints alleging misconduct by a Judge please contact the Commission on Judicial Discipline at 303-894-2110. Complaints alleging misconduct by a magistrate or municipal court judge are filed with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Commission on Judicial Discipline  
The Commission on Judicial Discipline handles complaints of misconduct by a Judge (other than a magistrate or municipal court judge). To file complaints alleging misconduct by a Judge please contact the Commission on Judicial Discipline at 303-894-2110. Complaints alleging misconduct by a magistrate or municipal court judge are filed with the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Other Resources

18th Judicial District - Consumer Fraud Protection: https://www.da18.org/community-outreach/consumer-protection/

Colorado Revised Statutes:  http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/colorado/

Colorado Code of Regulations: http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/Welcome.do

Colorado Attorney General’s Consumer Resource Guide:  http://www.stopfraudcolorado.gov/

Colorado Department of Local Affairs - Division of Housing: FAQ for Tenants and Landlords

Additional Legal Resources 

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Centennial, CO  80161

Tel. 303 797 2227  


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