Frequently Asked Questions

I need an attorney to represent me, but can’t afford to hire someone. Does NAMI provide legal representation?

NAMI does not employ attorneys or provide funding for legal fees. We can provide you with information that may help you locate legal services.

The NAMI HelpLine, 800-950-6264, maintains a limited listing of attorneys with expertise and experience representing people in the areas of law most often affecting people living with mental health conditions These areas include:  special needs trusts, conservatorship, criminal, family law, civil rights and more.

NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliates may also keep lists of attorneys familiar with mental illness issues, or they may be willing to share informal, personal experiences with local lawyers.

The American Bar Association has an online databases of pro-bono attorneys. They also offer guidelines for finding free legal assistance.

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