About Legal Aid

Our mission: To provide quality legal representation to low-income and vulnerable people in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery County, to empower them to solve problems without legal representation through legal education and increased access to the courts, and to change community practices and systems that cause or aggravate poverty.

Events

LASP 12th Annual Trial Run 5K



Register Now for the 12th Annual  Trial Run 5K Run/Walk!
Saturday, June 25, 8:00 a.m.
Struble Trail in Downingtown, PA

Entry fee:
$8 for registration before June 1
$10 after June 1

Free T-shirt to all adults registered by June 1, 2016!

Register online Here.

 *Download event flyer

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New Outreach Location


LASP nas a new new outreach location at Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS), 257 Church Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

On the first Friday of every month from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., a representative from LASP will be available to help eligible low-income people with their civil legal concerns including custody, housing, benefits and other civil issues.

The Intake Clinic will be by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 610-933-1105, ext. 202.

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Free Weekly Client Walk-In Intake


Legal Aid of Southeastern PA offers free, weekly client walk-in intake in Coatesville on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at The Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County, 1001 East Lincoln Highway, Suite #104 Coatesville, PA 19320. Help is available for legal concerns including custody, housing, benefits and other civil issues.

The Intake clinic is on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is no appointment necessary. Individuals are asked to bring any relevant documents they may have regarding their legal concern as well as proof of immigration status.
* Spanish interpretation is available.

For more information call 610-275-5400 ext. 131
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FREE - Legal Issues Workshops

LASP 's series of free legal issues workshops in partnership with the United Way of Chester County continues with the Legal Rights and Unemployment Compensation on May 20 at 11:30 a.m at the United Way Financial Stability Center 479 Thomas Jones Way, Suite 500 Exton, PA 19341.


To see the full schedule of  the 2015-2016 legal issues workshops, click here

Registration information is available here


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News Archive

Latest LASP News


Chester County Fund for Women and Girls Grant Award

May 24, 2016

LASP is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls for LASP's Safety and Family Stability program. The grant will support legal representation for low income, vulnerable Chester County women who face serious legal issues impacting their safety and family stability, including abuse and child custody problems."The generous funding from the Chester County Fund for Women and Girls means that even more Chester County women and families can benefit from our civil legal services," says LASP's Executive Director, Elizabeth W. Fristch, Esq. "We are grateful for the foundation's support of our work." Read More



Cy Pres Award to LASP Promotes Access to Justice

CyPress Award

April 15, 2016

In April, LASP received an extremely generous cy pres award through cases handled by Cary Flitter of Flitter, Milz, P.C. The award in the amount of $35,000 is a result of successful litigation around improper credit practices, and will be used by LASP to provide legal assistance to clients who are facing issues in the area of consumer law. Read More


Senate Bill 166: Expungements

February 25th, 2016

On February 16, Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 166 into law, expanding Pennsylvania's expungement law for people with certain misdemeanor convictions. You can read Executive Director Elizabeth W. Fritsch's commentary on the new law at Newsworks.org.

This bill was passed almost unanimously in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate. SB 166 provides a light at the end of the tunnel for Pennsylvanians with a qualifying misdemeanor conviction. Pennsylvanians who have paid their debts to society get a second chance and an opportunity to thrive.

 

LIHEAP

November 13th, 2015

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income families pay their heating bills. LIHEAP is accepting applications for its cash, weatherization and crisis grants now through April 1, 2016. For more information, click here or call 1-866-857-7095.

 

Longterm Benefits of Legal Aid Organizations

July 29th, 2015

A recent Op-Ed on CNN.Com  notes the long-term benefits of civil legal aid including stabilizing families in crisis and saving taxpayers' money in the long run. The Op-Ed notes that "By investing in civil legal aid programs, we can help improve families' long-term economic security while reining in government costs." Read More

 

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