Low-income individuals and families across South Carolina facing civil legal problems as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic may call our Pro Bono Hotline at 1-833-958-2266.
When connected to the hotline, callers should leave a message providing brief details about the assistance needed along with contact information and the best time of day to receive a return call.
South Carolinians who qualify for assistance will be connected to SC Legal Services or matched with volunteer lawyers who can provide free legal help. Callers should be aware there are some limitations on the legal services available.
Our hotline can assist with legal questions about evictions and housing-related matters.
Other types of legal assistance or guidance offered include:
- Bankruptcy and debt-collection matters;
- Employment and unemployment issues;
- Child custody, visitation and support issues;
- Life, medical and property insurance claims;
- Healthcare directives and powers of attorney;
- Consumer protection issues such as price-gouging and scams;
- Disability discrimination; and
- Family and domestic violence concerns.
Resources for Rental Assistance
Evictions moratoriums have lifted, and our hotline is open to connect you with attorneys to answer legal questions about housing-related legal matters. Also, various organizations throughout South Carolina are providing emergency rental assistance to those facing financial hardships due to COVID-19.
SC Thrive | Eligible households will receive up to $1,500 for rent in a one-time, lump-sum payment made directly to property owners or management companies.
SC Housing | Resources for homeowners and renters including rental assistance, temporary mortgage payment relief and more.
SC Access | Listing of county-level organizations that offer rental assistance programs.
SC Free Legal Answers is a free online legal advice service provided by the South Carolina Bar that allows low-income South Carolinians to post questions about their civil legal issues and receive answers from volunteer attorneys.
Eligibility guidelines have been expanded to help more people with COVID-19-related legal issues.
Visit sc.freelegalanswers.org to see if you are eligible and to ask a question.
Lawyer Referral Service
If you need a lawyer, contact the SC Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service at 1-800-868-2284 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The service offers referrals based on the type of law and your location. Each participating lawyer agrees to charge no more than $50 for an initial 30-minute consultation. If the consultation extends past the 30 minutes or you hire the lawyer to represent you, the lawyer will charge you his or her normal fees. The lawyers with this service do not take pro bono cases.
You can also request a referral online.
Most courts in South Carolina are currently closed to the public. For more information on court operations, contact information and procedures for working with the various courts during this time, visit the S.C. Judicial Branch’s COVID-19 website.
Other Resources and Legal Information
South Carolina Legal Services attorneys share daily videos outlining key issues facing South Carolinians in the pandemic. Topics include probate, family law, foreclosures, public benefits and more. Additional information can be found on the SC Legal Services COVID-19 page.
Low-income residents may contact South Carolina Legal Services at 1-888-346-5592 between 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays for free legal representation, advocacy and information. They may also submit a request for free services at www.lawhelp.org/sc/online-intake.
South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center offers a COVID-19 resource page, which includes a wide variety of tools in English and Spanish.
If you are a South Carolina Bar member, please see our COVID-19 page for attorneys. It includes the latest courts updates, CLE information and resources to help you and your firm work in the pandemic.