Colorado Legal Services Income and Eligibility Guidelines

Colorado Legal Services provides free legal services in civil matters to all those who qualify statewide through 14 local offices statewide, as well as through pro bono attorneys and many volunteers. Priority is given to address the legal needs of poor people required to maintain the basic necessities of a decent life, including at least minimally adequate income, food, shelter, utilities and medical care, freedom from domestic violence and abuse, and the protection of individual rights of the elderly and those who are physically and mentally disabled. Services are provided in matters involving income maintenance and public benefits, housing and homelessness, consumer and finance, health, including the legal rights of the elderly and the physically and mentally disabled, and family and domestic relations, with particular emphasis on domestic violence and abuse.

Income Guidelines

The following maximum income levels, which are based on 125% of the latest revisions of the Federal Poverty Guidelines determined by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Legal Services Corporation, should be used to determine client eligibility effective May 1, 2017. The guidelines are based on gross income.


Size of Family


Monthly Income


Yearly Income























4,304 51,650

For family units with more than eight (8) members, add $5,225/year or $435/month for each additional member in the family.

Type of help

There are several ways in which CLS can provide help:

  • Full representation - representation by a lawyer or a legal advocate in court or at a hearing.
  • Brief advice - quick advice in person or over the telephone.
  • Legal clinics - clinics offered to help individuals seeking legal information about particular issues, for example uncontested divorce.
  • Self-help materials - online resources, or print resources including flyers or brochures available to individuals to help them gain better understanding of their rights and the legal process.

Income exceptions

Depending on certain factors, CLS may also be able to assist a person whose income is higher than the income guidelines. For example, exceptions may be made for seniors or people experiencing domestic violence. provides information and a guide to free and low-cost legal help for civil matters to low and moderate income persons and seniors in Colorado. Here you can locate information on all of the free legal aid programs in Colorado, including basic eligibility and contact information. We also have links to related sites on the web and legal education documents that give you basic information on a number of legal problems.

If you have a criminal problem, go to the Public Defender's website.

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