Northern Nevada Legal Aid Self-Help Center
Northern Nevada Legal Aid provides information, resources, and document assistance to those who need to represent themselves in court. Our services help individuals locate and complete family court forms, seal records, file small claims and more. Our self-help services are specifically designed to help you help yourself.
Walk-in hours at 299 S. Arlington Ave. are Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Housing Related Self Help call (775) 321-2062 or walk in to
Reno Justice Court, 1 South Sierra Street
Monday & Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 (closed for lunch 12-1)
What Our Self-Help Legal Aid Center Provides
We want to help you successfully address your legal issue, and we provide services to help you do that. We can often assist with:
- Washoe family court forms
- Washoe county divorce forms
- Washoe county district forms
- Sealing eviction records
- Guiding you through court processes and procedures
- Creating an eFlex account for electronic filing
- Name changes
- Provide direction on where to get additional resources
Our team will answer questions and help you understand procedures through our Self-help Center. We do not provide legal opinions.
What Can Northern Nevada Legal Aid Help With? Our Dos And Don’ts
Northern Nevada Legal Aid Self-help Center, located in Reno, Nevada, provides an array of helpful legal resources, but we do not provide legal advice. Understanding what services we offer and what we cannot help with before you visit us will be beneficial.
What we do:
- Assist with access to legal information and resources
- Provide court forms and informational packets
- Explain court processes and procedures
- Assist with information about electronic filing through Eflex
- Provide referrals to available legal resources in the community
- Offer help to ESL clients
What we do not do:
- Provide legal advice, representation, or take the place of private counsel
- Speak to judicial officers on behalf of the client
- Evaluate cases or offer opinions or speculation about the results
- Fill out forms or packets for clients
- Access or file forms or packets to client’s Eflex account
While we can help with many services through our Northern civil law Self-help Center, we cannot do legal work for you based on state law restrictions. Instead, we can point you in the right direction and assist you in understanding court processes and procedures.
Commonly Asked Questions About The Self-Help Center
Divorce and custody are the most common legal issues that the Self-help Center can help with. However, we can often provide information and additional resources regarding other legal matters. Even if we do not offer specific help in that area, we can usually point you to someone who does.
Many attorneys require a substantial retainer before they will take the case. Individuals and families cannot afford to provide that retainer in many situations. While Northern Nevada Legal Aid can sometimes connect you with an attorney who does pro bono work (which is not part of the Self-help Center), most people who cannot afford a lawyer will end up representing themselves. Northern Nevada Legal Aid provides information and resources to help you do that.
The Self-help Center does not provide pro bono services (where you work with an attorney free of charge). Northern Nevada Legal Aid has another department that assists with pairing you up with an attorney for pro bono services. However, our ability to connect you with an attorney willing to work with you for free is limited. The Self-help Center helps you help yourself to address your legal issue.