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UPDATED July 8, 2010

Legal Assistance

South Carolina

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Included in this list are organizations that provide free or low-cost legal services to victims of abuse and others who qualify.  Even if the organization does not have a lawyer available to represent you in court, you may want to ask if there is a lawyer who you can consult with to get advice.  Please note that we list the organizations by the town/city or county where the office is located – however, many offices may likely serve multiple counties.  We indicate the “counties served” whenever possible.  You can click the blue “View All” button to look through the complete list of organizations.

Hopeful Horizons
P.O. Box 1775
Beaufort, SC 29901
Beaufort County
Hotline: (800) 868-2632
Phone: (843) 524-2256
Web: https://www.hopefulhorizons.org/
Email: DubrowskiK@hopefulhorizons.org
Hopeful Horizons is a children's advocacy, domestic violence and rape crisis center. The following services are offered: shelter, legal assistance, court advocacy, adult counseling, children’s counseling, case management services and family support to families on both in-house and outreach basis, mental health treatment, victim advocacy, and forensic interviews, crisis counseling, and law enforcement partnerships and educational programs. Hopeful Horizons’ Legal Department provides survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with free legal representation. This includes appearances in Family Court for matters related to divorce, custody, visitation, child support, separate maintenance and support and equitable distribution of matters. They also assist with the filing of Orders of Protection and Restraining Orders. Additionally survivors are provided with legal advice and representation in other civil court matters, as well as accompaniment by our legal staff to criminal and bond hearings. Hopeful Horizons serves Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Jasper and Hampton Counties.

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
P.O. Box 7187
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 779-1113
Web: http://www.scjustice.org
Provides advocacy (not legal representation) on behalf of the low income community on civil legal issues in the areas of health, consumer, education, housing, public benefits, family and community economic development.

South Carolina Legal Services (Intake Services)
Phone: (888) 346-5592
Phone: (803) 744-9430
Fax: (803) 744-9450
Monday - Thursday, 9:00-6pm, Please have your driver's license and social security number ready, as well as social security numbers for any children or other people you are responsible for. Does not handle criminal cases.

South Carolina Legal Services - Greenville Office
701 S. Main Stree
Greenville, SC 29601
Phone: 800.763.4825
Phone: 864.679.3232
Fax: 864.679.3239
Serving: Anderson, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens Counties

South Carolina Legal Services - Greenwood Office
316 W. Cambridge Ave.
Greenwood, SC 29646
Phone: 800.922.3114
Phone: 864.223.4879
Fax: 864.223.7629
Serving: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda Counties

South Carolina Legal Services - Orangeburg Office
6126 Associate Parkway
PO Box 164
Orangeburg, SC 29116-1646
Phone: 800.522.9354
Phone: 803.533.0116
Fax: 803.531.5102
Serving: Aiken, Allendale, Bamburg, Barnwell, Calhoun, and Orangeburg Counties

South Carolina Legal Services - Rock Hill Office
214 Johnston Street
PO Box 10591
Rock Hill, SC 29731
Phone: 800.922.3853
Phone: 803.327.9001
Fax: 803.327.7105
Serving: Chester, Fairfield, Lancaster, and York Counties

South Carolina Legal Services - Spartanburg Office
148 E. Main Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306
Phone: 800.922.8176
Phone: 864.582.0369
Fax: 864.582.0302
Serving: Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties

State Office of Victims' Assistance (SOVA)
1205 Pendleton Street
Edgar A. Brown Building, Room 401
Columbia, SC 29201
Hotline: 1-800-220-5370
Phone: (803) 734-1900 (main office)
Web: http://www.sova.sc.gov/
SOVA provides a network environment in which we work closely with victim service agencies and providers across the state, to render advocacy, support, programs, services, information, referrals, training and technical assistance.

The South Carolina Bar
Phone: (800) 868-2284 for Lawyer Referral
Web: http://www.scbar.org/public_services/free_legal_clinics/
The South Carolina Bar sponsors free legal clinics around the state. Most involve a 30-45 minute lecture followed by either a question and answer or five minute one-on-one session with an attorney.

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