DEBT MANAGEMENT

Apprisen Debt Management Program

Pierce County Office:
3560 Bridgeport Way W, Suite 1-D
University Place, WA 98466
(253) 588-1858

Credit Karma

Online resource for monitoring or rebuilding your credit score. Offers recommendations and links to your credit report and to other resources to get started on the road to better credit. Must create account to log in. Credit Karma's Credit Advice Center is full of answers to the tough credit questions. Crowd source the knowledge of Credit Karma's millions of members to get the advice you need.

Free Credit Report

This central site allows you to request a free credit file disclosure, commonly called a credit report, once every 12 months from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

Money Matters

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, created this website to help people face money issues head-on.

Interest Waiver Guide

How to Obtain a Court Order Waiving or Reducing Interest on Legal Financial Obligations.

GENERAL LEGAL RESOURCES


Columbia Legal Services

Re-entry Clinic: Resources to address the legal needs of people with criminal histories.
Contact: 206.287.8625
Email: alex.bergstrom@columbialegal.org
Services: Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve.

Legal resourcs for people in prison in Washington State

Court Facilitator – Pierce County Superior Court

Contact: 253-798-3627
930 Tacoma Avenue South in Tacoma.
Services: assistance in filling out forms and following court procedures. Call for appointment. $10 fee per visit.

Northwest Justice Project (NJP)

Contact: 253.272.7879
715 Tacoma Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98402
Services: Washington’s publicly funded legal aid program. Civil legal assistance and representation for low-income people in cases affecting family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.

CLEAR Line (Coordinated Legal Education Advice and Referral Service)

Contact: 1-888-201-1014
Services: Telephone assistance on civil (non-criminal) matters; Requires income eligibility and non-King County residence.
Mondays - Fridays 9:30 am – 12:15 pm; Tuesdays 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm
CLEAR Senior
Contact: 1-888-387-7111
Services: Telephone assistance on civil (non-criminal) matters; No income requirement, but over age 60 requirement.

Volunteer Legal Services Program in Pierce County

A program of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association
621 Tacoma Ave S, suite 303, Tacoma WA 98402
Contact: 253-572-5134
Services: Referral to volunteer attorney, if available
Legal clinics for 1/2 hour consultations on civil (non-criminal) issues by appointment only.
Web site offers instructions on a range of family law matters through PowerPoint presentations. Best to access the site using Internet Explorer. Also provides information on landlord tenant issues from the tenants’ perspective.
Re-licensing legal clinic: Have you lost your driver’s license due to too many traffic tickets or other legal issues? Call to check on next available clinic.

Tacoma-Pierce County Housing Justice Project

Contact:(253) 572-5134 or vls@tacomaprobono.org
Services: basic information about your legal rights and obligations under Washington's Residential Landlord-Tenant law
PDF: Housing Justice Resource Guide

TeamChild

Advocacy for youth in juvenile justice system.
Pierce County Office 253-798-7982
King County Main Office 206-322-2444

My Service Mind

Legal clinic for ½ hour consultations – Korean and Russian language interpretation, by appointment only.
253-584-5615

Washington Law Help

Assists low-Income people in Washington find solutions to civil legal problems. Offers self-help information and forms on a variety of legal subjects.

Pierce County Superior Court

website with a variety of information pertaining to Pierce County cases, including access to case documents on LINX, hearing dates and locations, list of parenting classes, etc.

Washington State court forms

Access to .doc and .pdf versions of mandatory and suggested Washington court forms.

Accessing Criminal Records

Criminal History Records (Washington State)

Washington State Patrol Identification and Criminal Histories Section
360.705.5100 for information about criminal record history maintained by the WSP.


Washington Courts

Services: Free Name Search
An index of cases filed in the municipal, district, superior, and appellate courts of the state of Washington. This index can point you to the official or complete court record.


Expunging Criminal Records

A guide to sealing and destroying court records

Vacating convictions, and deleting criminal history records. State of Washington, August 2010

Myths and facts about criminal expungements

and certain criminal case dismissals. The Law Offices of Richard Hanus, June 1, 2011

Sealing Juvenile Court Records

A guide on how to seal a juvenile court record. This does not happen automatically at age 18 - you must actively seek to have the records sealed.

Northwest Justice Project

Information and forms on how to vacate and seal records concerning certain non-violent Class B or C felony convictions in Washington State occurring on/after July 1, 1984.

Northwest Women's Law Center publication

Explains rights and options you have and what procedures you must use to clear or limit access to your criminal record by others.

Second Chances

ACLU of Washington’s Criminal Records Project
Intake and referral line at 206-624-2180
Assistance or information and referrals for individuals looking to clear their criminal histories or those who have been wrongly denied a job or home based on a criminal record.You may also access services/referrals through the ACLU online Criminal Records intake form.

Other Internet Resources

Disability Rights Washington

Contact: 1.800.562.2702
Email: info@dr-wa.org
Services: Provides free advocacy services for the disabled and mentally ill in Washington State.

Landlord Tenant Rights

Washington State Bar Association

Reinstate Your Driver's License

Washington State Department of Licensing online service
Enter your personal information and the system generates a list of the court issues and state requirements needing to be resolved prior to your license being reinstated as well as contact information for each item.

Voting Rights Restoration pamphlet