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Self-Help Legal Research Guide: Civil Law

This guide is designed to help non-lawyers navigate the Missouri legal system & offers tips on how to conduct legal research, and offers resources on how to find an attorney / Last updated by Jacob Wood, JD '25


The purpose of this tab is to provide options of legal services directed towards civil law matters. 

Missouri Legal Services

Legal Services of Missouri

Legal Services of Missouri is the largest non-profit legal aid organization in Missouri. It provides free or low-cost legal representation for all sorts of civil cases. The organization has four branches that provide services to different geographical areas of Missouri.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services provide free civil legal services to low-income individuals. Areas of service include:

  • Divorce cases involving custody or abuse
  • Uncontested divorces without children
  • Paternity/custody issues
  • Order of Protection
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Temporary assistance/Welfare
  • Food stamp denial or termination 
  • Medicaid MOHealth
  • Education IEPs
  • Healthcare access
  • Consumer problems
  • Bankruptcies 
  • Utility terminations by landlord or provider
  • Landlord/tenant issues involving private landlord or public housing authority
  • Nursing home discharges
  • Some child support issues
  • Wills (60+ or disabled persons)
  • Powers of Attorney (60+ or disabled persons)

*Mid-Missouri Legal Services does NOT provide services for any criminal issue, including traffic tickets 

How to Apply for Services 

  1. Visit
  2. Contact MMLS Monday-Friday between 9:00AM and 3:00 PM
  3. Complete over the phone application to determine eligibility 

Contact Information 

Columbia: (573)-442-0116

Address: 1201 West Broadway, Columbia, MO 65203

Jefferson City: (573)-634-4545

Address: 428 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 200, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri covers clients in Eastern/Northeastern MO with offices in St. Louis, Clayton, Hannibal, and Union.

Main Phone: (314)-534-4200.

Website: Legal Services | Legal Services of Eastern Missouri | Home (


Legal Aid of Western Missouri

Legal Aid of Western Missouri covers clients in Western/Northwestern MO with offices in Kansas City, Warrensburg, Joplin, and St. Joseph.

Main Phone: (816)-474-6750

Website: Legal Aid of Western Missouri – Justice for All ( 

Legal Services of Southern Missouri

Legal Services of Southern Missouri covers clients across Southern MO with offices in Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Rolla, and West Plains.

Phone: (417)-881-1297

Website: Legal Services of Southern Missouri ( 

Other Legal Services

Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry 

CLAS is a program operated by St. Francis Community Services that provides free and low-cost legal representation in civil matters to those in St. Louis county and the surrounding counties. 

Phone: (314)-977-3993

Samaritan Center Legal Care Program

Based in Jefferson City, the Samaritan Center operates a program that provides people in Central MO with free and low-cost legal representation in a variety of civil matters.

Phone: (573)-634-7776

St. Louis Federal Court Legal Advice Clinic

This program provides people with free 30-minute consultations with practicing attorneys. It is designed to help those pursuing pro se litigation by allowing them to get advice from an experienced attorney regarding the pursuit of their case.

Phone: 1-855-978-7070

Free Consultation Services

The firms listed below are law firms in the Columbia, MO area that offer free initial legal consultations. 

Bender Law Firm 

Areas of Law:

  • Divorce
  • Child Support
  • Custody and Visitation 
  • Traffic Violations 

Contact Information:

Phone: 573-355-9271


Address: 1001 Cherry Street Suite 104 Columbia, MO 65201

Eng & Woods Attorneys at Law

Areas of law:

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice 
  • Premises Liability 
  • Products Liability 
  • Wrongful Death
  • Birth Defects
  • Head Injury
  • Spine Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Workers Compensation 
  • Criminal Defense
  • Expungements 

Contact Information:

Phone: 573-242-4056


Address: 903 E. Ash Street Columbia, MO 65201


Hanrahan & Nacy

Areas of Law:

  • Bankruptcy 
  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury 
  • Family Law

Contact Information:

Phone: 573-636-7900


Holder Susan Slusher LLC

Areas of Law:

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workers Compensation 
  • DWI Defense
  • Criminal Defense
  • Title IX Defense
  • Expungements 

Contact Information:

Phone: 888-264-4714


Address: 107 North 7th Street Columbia, MO 65201