In most states, individuals can complete an online application by accessing the legal aid organization's website and selecting the link to complete an online application or print an application. Those seeking legal aid assistance may need to provide financial documentation with the application, according to Legal Aid of North Carolina.
In many states, online applications for legal aid determine eligibility for the program through a screening process, according to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The online application serves as the first step in the intake process and does not guarantee legal funds or representation.
Online applications ask applicants to provide information about the legal problem and businesses or people associated with the legal issue, according to Legal Aid of North Carolina. An applicant must also provide information about current residence, number of individuals living in the home, income received by the applicant and people in the home and value of assets and property. Income and assets are typically factored into determining an individual's eligibility for legal aid services.
Some states allow applicants to complete the application solely online, whereas other states and legal aid organizations may require a valid signature on a printed form. The type of legal assistance available may vary too, according to Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. For example, the Texas RioGrande office focuses on uncontested divorces, education issues and protective orders.