Income Guidelines and Exceptions

Depending on certain factors, CLS may be able to assist a person whose income is higher than the income guidelines below. For example, exceptions may be made for seniors or people experiencing domestic violence. You must go through an eligibility review process before CLS will know whether or not we will be able to help you. Our funders require certain income and asset limitations be met in order for us to be able to help.

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.

Legal Areas in which Help may be Available

Colorado Legal Services provides free legal services in civil matters (no criminal) to those who qualify statewide throughout 13 statewide offices, as well as through pro bono attorneys and many volunteers.

Priority is given to address the legal needs of low-income people required to maintain the basic necessities of a decent life, including at least minimally adequate:

  • income
  • food
  • shelter
  • utilities  
  • medical care
  • freedom from domestic violence and abuse
  • the protection of individual rights of the elderly and
  • the protection of individual rights of those who are physically and mentally disabled

Services are provided in matters involving the following:

  • 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

Type of Help

There are several ways in which CLS may be able to 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. 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'swebsite.

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