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Understanding the Legal System

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is nonprofit law firm focused on serving the needs of the low-income community.

Legal Aid works in partnership with many organizations in Northeast Ohio who serve similar populations. Additionally, if Legal Aid is not able to assist an individual with a legal problem - a referral may be made to a local bar association or other legal resource.

211 First Call for Help
Free community service you can use to get information about available social, health, and government resources. Dial 211 from a landline phone or the local number if calling from a cell phone.

Ashtabula County
440-997-5936 or 800-874-8545

Cuyahoga County

Geauga County
440-285-3194 or 888-386-3194

Lake County
440-639-4420 or 800-654-5465

Lorain County

Attorney Referral Services
For referrals of legal matters Legal Aid is not able to handle

Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County Bar Association

Cuyahoga County
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

Geauga County
Geauga County Bar Association

Lake County
Lake County Bar Association
440-350-5800 or 440-918-2180

Lorain County
Lorain County Bar Association

Public Defender Offices
For criminal law matters and questions

Ashtabula County
Marie Lane
4817 State Road #202
Ashtabula 44004

Cuyahoga County
Robert L. Tobik
310 Lakeside Avenue #400
Cleveland 44113-1021

Geauga County
R. Robert Umholtz
211 Main Street
Chardon 44024

Lake County
Charles Grieshammer
125 E. Erie Street #50
Painesville 44077

Lorain County
Court-appointed defense counsel only

Ohio Pension Rights Project
A free legal assistance program for people with questions about their past benefits, retirement plans, or pension calculations.

Lead Poisoning
Lead poisoning in children is a serious condition with long term negative consequences. CLICK HERE for resources that may help if you are trying to cope with lead poisoning.

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