You deserve justice. Here, you’ll find information on the types of services we offer our clients and how you can start with us to get the help you need.
We partner with people facing a variety of legal challenges in civil law. Our clients come with legal matters such as old criminal records, negligent landlords, difficulty filing for Social Security benefits, inheritance disputes, and related challenges within civil law.
Start here: Are you eligible for legal aid?
You have a legal matter in Washington, DC
Your income does not exceed HUD’s Low (80%) Income Limits
Your legal matter falls within one of our 5 practice areas
Criminal Record Sealing, Estate Planning, Housing, Probate, Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI)
You deserve justice.
Criminal Record Sealing
- Motions to Seal
- Motions to Set Aside under the Youth Rehabilitation Act
- Wills and Other Estate Planning Documents
- Health Care Powers of Attorney
- Financial Powers of Attorney
- Eviction Defense
- Housing Conditions & Repairs
- Security Deposits
- Small Estates
- Large Estates
- Will/Estate Contests
Social Security Disability (SSI/SSDI)
- Initial Applications
- Requests for Reconsideration
- Office of Hearings Operations (Administrative Law Judge stage)
Matters We Don’t Cover
- Criminal law
- Any practice area not listed on this page
- Services for clients earning above the HUD Low Income Limit
Other than criminal record sealing or set aside, we do not practice criminal law. Criminal matters are initiated by the government and seek to punish criminal offenses. If you need representation in a criminal case, please contact your public defender’s office.
If your legal issue falls outside of our practice areas, if your income exceeds our guidelines, or if you need additional help, please see our extensive resources list for an organization that may be able to assist you.
Call the CLADC Office
If you’re eligible, here’s how you can get started with us and what you can expect.
Estate, Housing, Probate, and Social Security Matters
Every client’s success story begins with a call to our office. When you call, leave a message on our intake voicemail providing your name, phone number, and a description of your legal issue. In most cases, we return calls within two days during open intake.
Criminal Record Sealing
If you need your prior criminal record sealed, begin by calling our office for intake. When you call, leave a message on our intake voicemail providing your name and phone number. In most cases, we return calls within two days during open intake.
- Obtain your record from the Metropolitan Police Department. This can take several weeks, so begin as soon as possible.
- Submit your record to our team.
- We will review your record to determine your eligibility for record sealing.
IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE:
You will be added to our waitlist. When we have an attorney available to take your case, we’ll assign it and notify you. Your attorney will then contact you to begin the sealing process.
IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE:
Someone from CLADC (usually an attorney) will contact you to let you know and discuss any further options available to you.
A member of the CLADC team will return your call to gather any necessary information and confirm your eligibility for CLADC services. If you are not eligible for any reason, we will do our best to connect with other helpful resources. If you are eligible, we will schedule a consultation appointment at one of our recurring legal clinics. Many of our clients find the help they need at one of these clinics.
Wait for a call from CLADC
Schedule an appointment
Attend a Legal Clinic Consultation
At our legal clinics, our staff and volunteer attorneys offer free one-hour consultations where we obtain information and provide legal advice. At this time, the majority of our clinics are held virtually over the phone or Zoom.
What dates are clinics available?
When we return your call, we will let you know what dates the clinics will be held and work with you to schedule a consultation.
How should I prepare for my consultation?
After your consultation is scheduled, you should send us all documents related to your legal matter, including notices, court filings, leases, correspondence, etc. Please email them to email@example.com or fax them to (202) 380-0486 in advance. You should have your own copies available to look at during your consultation.
What happens after the clinic consultation?
Further legal aid and/or representation beyond the legal clinics is handled on a case by case basis.
Gather all documents
Email documents to firstname.lastname@example.org -OR- Fax documents to (202) 380-0486
“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” — Psalm 12:5
The first step in getting help is calling our office. Give us a call now and leave your name and number. We usually respond within two days during open intake.
Client Matters We’ve Resolved
Mr. N’s Record Sealing
Mr. N is legally deaf and was arrested because he was not given the opportunity to communicate with police officers at the scene. Once he was able to explain his situation, he was released and charges were not filed. However, the arrest still showed up on his background even though he had done nothing wrong.
By working with CLADC, Mr. N was able to have his record sealed on the grounds of “actual innocence,” finally getting the justice he deserved.
“When I found out the case was sealed, I was so happy…because I had new hope.”
“I thank God for Christian Legal Aid.”
Ms. J’s Illegitimate Eviction
Attorney Parker helped Ms. J after she lost her job while taking time off to defend herself against illegitimate eviction claims. With Ms. Parker’s help, Ms. J not only kept her apartment, she also received funds compensating her for her time and job loss. Afterward, Ms. J had the confidence to return to school and pursue her dream career as a lawyer.
Ms. C’s Will
Providentially, she found her way to Christian Legal Aid of DC and a volunteer attorney was able to work with her to write a will that conveyed her wishes.
“I didn’t know where to go to who to turn to.”
“Everybody respected what I was saying.”
Ms. W’s Power of Attorney
Ms. W came to Christian Legal Aid of DC to get a Power of Attorney for her adult son. After meeting with CLADC volunteers, Ms. W was able to get a Power of Attorney document that empowered her to advocate for her son.
While Ms. W was grateful for the legal help, she also appreciated the prayers from the volunteers and felt like she was finally being heard.
Record Sealing Workshop for D.C. Residents (Recorded)
This workshop provides a basic, fundamental understanding of criminal record sealing laws in the District. We briefly discuss Virginia and Maryland laws as well.
- The purpose of sealing your criminal records.
- How to find out if you’re eligible.
- How to represent yourself in the record sealing process.
- When to seek legal assistance.
- Resources for legal help.
Guardianship and Conservatorship of an Adult for D.C. Residents (Recorded)
This workshop provides basic information on the legal and administrative processes for the guardianship and conservatorship of an adult. You may find this workshop helpful if you need to petition the court for guardianship and/or conservatorship of an adult family member or loved one.
- How you may come to be involved in the Guardianship/Conservatorship process.
- The different roles of people in the process voluntarily, by order of the Court, and under the law.
- The D.C. Superior Court process for Guardianship/Conservatorship of an adult.
- How to participate in the Court process based on the role of the person.
- When to seek legal assistance.
- Resources for legal help.
Directories of DC Legal Services Providers
Other DC Legal Services Providers
- Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
- Ayuda, Inc.
- Bread for the City
- Catholic Charities Legal Network
- Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services
- Children’s Law Center
- D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center
- D.C. Volunteer Lawyers Project
- D.C. Office of the Tenant Advocate
- First Shift Justice
- Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
- Legal Counsel for the Elderly
- Neighborhood Legal Services Program
- Network of Victim Recovery of D.C.
- Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
- Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities
- The Safe Sisters Circle
- Rising for Justice
- Tzedek DC
- Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs
- Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless
- Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program