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Organization Address Phone Number Hours Services Provided Referral Needed Additional Information
Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy 1431 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-376-1600 Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Our mission is to assure a full measure of justice for those in need. We provide a wide range of civil legal assistance to eligible low-income persons in the Charlotte metropolitan area and west-central NC.
Charlotte School of Law Legal Clinics 2145 Suttle Ave.
Charlotte, NC
704-686-0214 Offered January through April, and September through December; Divorce clinic meets Wednesdays and Saturdays; Child Custody clinic meets Mondays and Saturdays; pre-registration required
Child Support and Enforcement 5800 Executive Drive, 200
Charlotte NC 28212
1-800-992-9457 Helps with paternity establishment, collection of payments, location of absent parents, and enforcement of child support obligations; eligible to persons of all incomes)
ChildHelp USA hotline 800-4-A-CHILD Provides multilingual crisis intervention and professional counseling on child abuse and domestic violence issues. Gives referrals to local agencies offering counseling and other services related to child abuse,adult survivor issues, and domestic violence. Provides literature on child abuse in English and Spanish.
Council for Children’s Rights 601 East Fifth Street, Ste. 510
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-372-7961 Monday through Friday — 8:30 AM -5 PM Delinquency Defense: We serve as the public defender for children in Mecklenburg County, giving a voice to children in court and ensuring that their constitutional and statutory rights are protected.
Mental Health Representation: We represent every child facing civil commitment to a psychiatric hospital or residential treatment facility in Mecklenburg County.
Custody Advocacy: We are court-appointed to represent the best interests of children who are caught in the middle of high-conflict, contested custody cases.
Guardian ad Litem: We serve as the guardian ad litem for children who enter Youth and Family Services (YFS) custody through delinquency court.
Special Education Representation: Through referrals from Juvenile Court and community partners, we represent parents to protect the special education rights of their children with disabilities and, when necessary, file disability discrimination complaints to vindicate those rights.
Research and Policy: We use client-level data, coupled with publicly available data, research on “what works,” and advocacy expertise, to inform organizational, legislative, and practice policy.
Community Engagement and Awareness: We provide information, resources, and training to families and local agencies on children’s rights and advocacy
Advice and Guidance
Freedom Center for Social Justice 4921 Albemarle Road
Charlotte, NC, 28205,
980-729-8454 committed to providing essential support and advocacy for trans people, elders, people of color, youth, sexual minorities and communities of faith and facilitating the necessary dialogue that opens doors through various programs and advocacy
Legal Aid of North Carolina (LANC)
Charlotte Office
1431 Elizabeth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Apply for help by phone
Toll-free: 1-866-219-LANC (5262)

Provides legal assistance to low-income persons in civil matters [non-criminal matters] We provide free legal help to low-income North Carolinians in civil cases involving basic human needs like safety, shelter, income and more.

We do not handle criminal cases or civil cases on behalf of prisoners. We do not handle personal injury cases or traffic cases. We do not handle divorce, alimony, spousal support and equitable distribution cases except in extraordinary circumstances (learn about our free do-it-yourself divorce clinics​). We do not handle immigration cases except those involving domestic violence and human trafficking. We do not handle new applications for government benefits.​

Lynn Sizemore 2828 Queen City Drive, Suite A
Charlotte, NC 28208
704-910-1700 Mon – Thu: 09:30 AM – 04:00 PM
Fri: 09:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(Action advocate for Social Security, and public assistance; not an attorney
McDowell Street Center for Family Law 101 N. McDowell Street
Charlotte, NC 28204
704-331-4774 Monday – Thursday: 9:30AM to 3:30PM
Friday: 9:30AM to 12:00PM
Non-profit organization which assists low-income persons with family law issues such as: divorce, child custody, and child support.)
Mecklenburg County Public Defender 700 E. 4th Street, Suite 400
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-686-0900 Public Defender Directory
Mecklenburg Probation and Parole 800 E 4th St
Charlotte, NC 28202
SelfServe Center Legal Clinics Mecklenberg County Courthouse
832 East 4th Street, Suite 3350
Charlotte, NC 28202
704-686-0210 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 12:30-1:30 PM The Center provides an array of services including:
Help finding an attorney to represent you
Educational videos
Free legal clinics
SelfServe Center resource library
Attorney for the Day program
Court forms designed to help you initiate or answer legal claims
Assistance from staff in the SelfServe Center
Information on free child care when visiting the courthouse
I-CAN! Legal
pre-registration required

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