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What Is MSLegalServices.org? 

Zip code and county

Enter the zip code or county of the person who needs help. It is better to enter the zip code because many groups do not serve all of a certain county. If you search by county, check the full description of each organization for the specific zip codes it serves.

Type of help

There are several different ways in which an organization can provide help:

  •     Full Representation - by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing at a government agency.
  •     Brief Advice - in person or over the telephone.
  •     Legal Clinic - where you can briefly talk to an attorney about your legal proble.
  •     Pro Se Clinics - where you are shown how you can "help yourself" with a particular legal problem
  •     Self-Help - educational materials such as factsheets and brochures
  •     Other - workshops, referrals to private attorneys, and other services.

Note: Not all organizations provide all the services listed.

Income Guidelines

All Mississippi’s Legal Services programs have income guidelines (based on gross income) that people must meet to qualify for assistance. If someone has an income higher than the income guidelines, that person will not qualify for assistance. There are exceptions, in some cases, for special need groups (like the elderly).

Below is a chart based on the federal poverty guidelines set each year by the Department of Health and Human Services. The "Family Members" category is the total number of people in the household.
 

Family
Members
Weekly
Income
Bi-Weekly
Income
Semi-Monthly
Income
Monthly
Income
Annual
Income
1 $215.87 $431.73

$467.71

$935.42

$11,225.00

2

$291.35

$582.69

$631.25

$1,262.50

$15,150.00

3

$366.83

$733.65

$794.79

$1,589.58

$19,075.00

4

$442.31

$884.62

$958.33

$1,916.67

$23,000.00

5

$517.79

$1,035.58

$1,121.88

$2,243.75

$26,925.00

6

$593.27

$1,186.54

$1,285.42

$2,570.83

$30,850.00

7

$668.75

$1,337.50

$1,448.96

$2,897.92

$34,775.00

8

$744.23

$1,488.46

$1,612.50

$3,225.00

$38,700.00

FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER FOR A HOUSEHOLD SIZE GREATER THAN 8 ADD:

>8

$75.48

$150.96

$163.54

$327.08

$3,925.00

Updated February 18, 2003

Can I get help if my income is larger than the guidelines?

Some organizations may make exceptions for seniors, people who are HIV positive, or people experiencing domestic violence.

Some organizations also take into account expenses such as childcare, medical bills and debts.

Special Groups

Some organizations only serve special groups such as:

  •     Children
  •     Seniors
  •     People who are HIV positive or related to those with HIV.
  •     People experiencing domestic violence.

Be sure to look at these other requirements carefully before contacting an organization.