LawHelp Interactive or LHI is a website that helps individuals without lawyers generate legal documents for free. Users complete a guided interview that then creates a legal documents packages. Users can save, edit, email, and print their documents. In some states, users can electronically file their documents from LHI.
LHI gives people more opportunities to get justice on their own or with the help of advocates. Every day over 2300 free legal form packages are created through LHI.
LHI users can fill out court forms and documents for many kinds of legal cases, including:
- child support and custody
- domestic violence
- debt collection
- evictions, and
- simple wills
- small estate probate
- letters to landords and more
LHI is a collaboration with legal aid programs, Courts, and other nonprofits that create the forms and host them through LHI. It allows these programs to provide services more efficiently. That's because the LHI website supports legal professionals who use software (HotDocs and A2J Author) to create their templates, forms, and documents for their interviews. Non profits and courts benefit from a being able to use the forms in remote and in person self help centers, save time in creating complex packages, managing case work flows through the guided forms, and ensuring quality and standarditization of their forms.
If you are with a non profit or court and want to learn more about joining LHI to create and host forms, please visit: https://www.probono.net/dasupport/gettingstarted/
In addition they benefit from a stable, robust, and supported document assembly platform and services. They have access to free training and documentation. In addition their end users get technical support, and they benefit from technical assistance and system built with the needs of non profits and Courts and those they serve in mind.
LHI is a project of Pro Bono Net, a nonprofit committed to increasing access to justice with technology, in cooperation with Ohio State Legal Services Association. The project is supported by state courts in California, Iowa, Washington DC, and New York. The HotDocs software has been donated by HotDocs Corporation.