Using this site
What is on the PALawHELP.org Home Page?
The PALawHELP.org homepage features an easy-to-use icon menu that allows users to find relevant information quickly and easily. Clicking on one of the main topics listed on the PALawHELP.org home page takes you to a list of sub-topics that contain legal information. Clicking on a listed sub-topic generates a list of the legal information resources available for that sub-topic.
You may also use the Search bar that appears at the top of every page to locate information based on words, or a statement of your issue or problem, that you type in the Search bar.
What areas of the law are covered in PALawHELP.org?
PALawHELP.org provides information in the following legal subject areas:
- Children and Families
- Elder Law
- Health Law
- Housing and Shelter
- Migrant Issues
- Public Benefits
- Veterans and Military
How do I use the Find Legal Help link on the Home Page?
The Find Legal Help link supplies information on legal service offices in Pennsylvania. It provides a list of the programs alphabetically by name, as well as a Search Legal Directory function that allows you to search for a provider by selecting your location and the type of legal problem you have.
What kind of information is provided in PALawHELP.org?
This information provided includes online resources where you can file applications or get forms and information resources from a large variety of reliable sources. Information resources listed are sorted into groups by the type of organization providing the information. These include information from the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Government Agencies, Bar Associations and other legal organizations, and other private organizations. By default you receive Information from all of these different types of organizations throughout Pennsylvania. You can limit the resources presented to one of these types of organizations by using the links in the left navigation bar.
You may also filter the legal information received to get only information relevant to where you live. This can be done at any time by clicking the Set your location link in the right column of the page and selecting your location by city or town, county or zip code.
What information do the Court Information, Law Libraries and Find Legal Assistance links provide?
The page containing the list of legal information resources also features Court information, Law Libraries and Find Legal Help links in the left navigation bar.
These links present information about the courts and law libraries serving your location and about legal assistance providers available where you live . The information provided relates specifically to the legal subtopic you previously selected.
Clicking on one of these links brings up a screen where you can identify your location by city or town, county or zip code.
If you had originally selected the Find Legal Help link you will be presented with a list of legal assistance providers that serve your location. There will also be a link to information about the lawyer referral service that serves your location.
Clicking on the name of a legal service provider on the list yields a detailed profile of the provider selected. This includes contact information, eligibility requirements, languages spoken and the types of service available from the provider.
If you selected the Court Information or Law Libraries link you will be presented with a list of the courts or law libraries that serve your location. This list contains active links to the court web sites and library sites where you can get detailed information about the operation of these entities.