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Eligibility for Assistance

Eligibility for AssistanceThree Rivers Legal Services receives funding from several different sources. Some grants limit services to persons meeting financial guidelines. Other grants may have no financial guidelines but limit the type of legal assistance that can be provided.

Eligibility is based on household income, size, assets and case type. Case types are limited by Three Rivers’ Board of Directors based on funding and resources.

In general if your total household income is below 125% of the federal poverty level and you have limited assets you will be eligible for services under our general guidelines. If you have fixed expenses such as rent, mortgage, childcare so you can work, child support payments, and others; the 125% of the federal poverty level may be waived.

Several grants allow services to persons with incomes above the 200% federal poverty level in special situations. These grants may be limited to certain counties and legal problems. Some examples are services for persons over 60, persons who are victims of domestic violence, and low-income Tax Payers with tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service.

With a few exceptions, a person must be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident. Three Rivers Legal Services may help any person who is a victim of abuse or human trafficking regardless of citizenship.

Services are provided free to eligible persons, however, in some cases, the client must pay certain costs, such as court costs, filing fees, sheriff’s fees, publication or depositions. Three Rivers Legal Services assesses each situation and attempts to reduce these costs whenever possible.

NOTE: Because of limited resources, Three Rivers Legal Services has adopted priorities for the types of cases and levels of assistance that it can provide. We may not be able to help a person who is financial eligible, because the legal problem or situation is outside our priorities.