Get Legal Help
It is often difficult to navigate the legal system on your own once a civil legal issue arises, and we are here to provide as much help as we can. However, because of limited resources, New Mexico Legal Aid cannot accept every eligible client's case. The majority of eligible clients must have incomes below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, and the legal issue must fall within our priority areas; this excludes all criminal cases. There are no income restrictions for select types of cases including domestic violence. If you are unsure about your financial situation or believe you cannot afford a private attorney, we still encourage you to apply for our services. If we are unable to take your case, we may be able to refer you to other agencies or resources that can provide assistance. Interpretation and Language translation services are available.
Apply for Services Online
To apply for our services online, please use our triage system by clicking on the logo:
2017 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Legal Resources & Self-Help
New Mexico Legal Aid hosts a comprehensive site with legal information and helpful resources at Law Help New Mexico.
For New Mexico court information, forms and legal documents, self-help resources and more, visit the New Mexico Courts website.
Law Access New Mexico
Law Access New Mexico is a free telephone legal advice service for low-income New Mexicans to help them solve civil legal problems. Visit their website for valuable legal information.
Law Access' toll-free helpline hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:45 am to 11:45 am and 12:30 pm to 3:45 pm. Callbacks from attorneys may occur outside of these hours.
Se Habla Español.
Guardianship (Child) HelpLine
New Mexico Free Legal Answers
Sponsored by the American Bar Association and the State Bar of New Mexico, NMLA's Volunteer Attorney Program hosts NM.freelegalanswers.org. NMFLA is a virtual legal clinic for income-eligible New Mexicans where users can ask up to three legal questions per year and get answers from volunteer lawyers.
Domestic Violence HelpLine
The New Mexico Legal Aid Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Stalking Helpline is funded by the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission and is available to victims of domestic violence to provide free and confidential legal information, advice, and referrals to attorneys and other community agencies. The Helpline is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, and Wednesday from 8:30 am to 9:00 pm. Language translation services are available.
If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or your local police.
Visit the NM Coalition Against Domestic Violence's website for national and statewide information on domestic violence.
Free Legal Fairs and Clinics
The Volunteer Attorney Program and local Judicial District Pro Bono Committees sponsor many legal fairs and clinics around the state where residents can sit down with an attorney either face-to-face, on the phone, or through video conference to get advice, counsel, and help filling out paperwork on their civil legal issues. The list of fairs and clinics is on our Events page.
Keep Your Home New Mexico
Keep Your Home New Mexico is a free program for New Mexico homeowners who are at risk of losing their homes to foreclosure. This is a partnership between New Mexico state agencies and local nonprofit organizations to direct homeowners to resources that may be able to help. Call their hotline for more information: 1-800-220-0350
Legal Help for Military Members
Stateside Legal is a website providing resources for military-connected individuals and their families, veterans, active service members, and advocates.
Buoy Crisis Response System
Buoy is a new software tool designed for victims in need of emergency assistance. In a crisis, Buoy users can augment (or replace) a 911 call with a Buoy Alert and instantly notify their personally-selected network of friends, allies, and advocates of their location and crisis details. Most importantly, a shared Incident Map allows these trusted responders to coordinate with each other in real-time to best assist the crisis victim.