Legal Aid of East Tennessee - Knoxville


502 S Gay Street, Suite 404
Knoxville TN  37902

Phone: (865) 637-0484

Legal Aid of East Tennessee - Knoxville

LAET has been part of the community fabric of East Tennessee for more than 40 years, serving 26 counties from Chattanooga to Johnson City.

With offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Johnson City, Maryville, and Morristown, LAET provides civil legal representation to East Tennesseans who would otherwise have no one to help them secure their basic legal rights.

For many, we are the only link to legal assistance when faced with seemingly insurmountable dilemmas in civil matters. LAET provides civil legal assistance to approximately 8,000 individuals each year. From gaining Orders of Protection for victims of domestic violence to preventing families from becoming homeless, the efforts of LAET have ensured that thousands of low-income families in our community have been given a chance. But, there are thousands more to reach. With an estimated 300,000 eligible persons in our service area, our limited resources make it impossible to help everyone who needs us.

LAET, like most other legal services programs, began with the vast majority of its funding coming from the Legal Services Corporation, a federal agency that distributes funds to legal services organizations throughout the country. This federal funding has been drastically reduced over the years, and like so many other programs, LAET felt the pressure to find other sources of funding to survive. LAET has worked diligently to diversify and strengthen its funding base to ensure that the elderly, victims of domestic violence and low-income families continue to receive civil legal assistance in the face of federal budget cuts. LAET now operates with more than 30 funding sources and a growing Annual Campaign that draws support from local bar associations and members of the community. LAET is always seeking new funding sources in a continuing effort to fulfill its ultimate goal ... justice for all. The mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low-income people by providing a broad scope of civil legal assistance and advocacy. LAET has been part of the community fabric of East Tennessee for more than 40 years, serving 26 counties from Chattanooga to Johnson City.With offices in Chattanooga, Knoxville, Johnson City, Maryville, and Morristown, LAET provides civil legal representation to East Tennesseans who would otherwise have no one to help them secure their basic legal rights.For many, we are the only link to legal assistance when faced with seemingly insurmountable dilemmas in civil matters. LAET provides civil legal assistance to approximately 8,000 individuals each year. From gaining Orders of Protection for victims of domestic violence to preventing families from becoming homeless, the efforts of LAET have ensured that thousands of low-income families in our community have been given a chance. But, there are thousands more to reach. With an estimated 300,000 eligible persons in our service area, our limited resources make it impossible to help everyone who needs us. LAET, like most other legal services programs, began with the vast majority of its funding coming from the Legal Services Corporation, a federal agency that distributes funds to legal services organizations throughout the country. This federal funding has been drastically reduced over the years, and like so many other programs, LAET felt the pressure to find other sources of funding to survive. LAET has worked diligently to diversify and strengthen its funding base to ensure that the elderly, victims of domestic violence and low-income families continue to receive civil legal assistance in the face of federal budget cuts. LAET now operates with more than 30 funding sources and a growing Annual Campaign that draws support from local bar associations and members of the community. LAET is always seeking new funding sources in a continuing effort to fulfill its ultimate goal ... justice for all.

The Knoxville office of LAET provides a broad scope of civil legal assistance to our elderly, abused, and low-income neighbors.

LAET Knoxville provides civil legal services ranging from information and advice to complex litigation and appellate advocacy to low income persons in Knox, Blount, Loudon, and Sevier counties. LAET also engages in Community Economic Development work with individuals and grass roots community organizations focused on protecting communities and facilitating economic opportunity for low income persons.

LAET presents a wide variety of law related topics to low income groups, not-for-profit organizations, and others in the community through our Speakers Bureau. As a part of our community education and outreach efforts, LAET also maintains information pamphlet displays in court houses across East Tennessee.

LAET has special programs for seniors and victims of domestic violence that, due to funding source permissions, can be provided to persons who’s income and/or assets exceed the restrictions on the majority of our services LAET also funds and staffs the Pro Bono Project that recruits, supports, and utilizes volunteer attorneys and other professionals to allow us to expand services.

The Pro Bono Project is a critical component in our effort to serve our community. We want you to know that we are committed to providing high quality civil legal assistance to the greatest number of eligible people possible. We constantly seek additional resources and partnerships to serve more people in need. However, we remain a very small program in the face of tremendous need. Several independent studies have shown that LAET (and similar legal aid programs across the country) have sufficient resources, including volunteers, to meet less than 20% of the existing need. Other studies have shown that half of the eligible people who actually contact a legal aid office must be turned away due to a lack of resources. Due to this reality, LAET must establish case acceptance priorities. We involve the community in making these decisions to insure that we apply our resources where the need is most critical.

We encourage anyone who may be eligible for our services to contact the office that serves their community. Please understand that we cannot help everyone, but we will do our best to help as many people as possible.

The mission of Legal Aid of East Tennessee is to ensure equal justice for elderly, abused, and low-income people by providing a broad scope of civil legal assistance and advocacy.

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Categories: Law Firm, Law Practice, Non-Profit Organization

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Mon: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tue: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm



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Legal Advice Clinic - Soddy Daisy

Legal Advice Clinic - Soddy Daisy
05:30 pm - 08/28/2017

At Legal Aid of East Tennessee - Knoxville

Civil legal assistance - no charge if elegible for LAET assistance; otherwise, $20 administrative charge by Chattanooga Gospel Justice Initiative. No other fee...

Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic for Qualified Consumers

Debt Relief Legal Advice Clinic for Qualified Consumers
09:30 am - 07/29/2017

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THIS IS NOT A WALK-IN CLINIC - INDIVIDUALS MUST BE PRE-SCREENED. Qualified individuals will receive a bankruptcy packet to be completed before attending the clinic....

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