What is the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP)?

If you are low income and need a lawyer for a civil matter, IVLP may be able to help. Using a statewide network of volunteer attorneys, IVLP provides free civil legal assistance through advice and consultation, brief legal services and representation in certain cases to persons living in poverty.

In addition to the information provided below, please find attached a printable version of the IVLP Brochure. PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

En adición a la información proveída abajo, se adjunta una versión imprimible del folleto de IVLP. PDF File - Get Acrobat Reader

How does the IVLP operate?

You will be asked a series of questions to determine if you are income eligible.

If your total household income fits IVLP guidelines, case investigators will interview you. IVLP will then decide if your request fits the program priorities and what services may be available to help you. Cases involving domestic violence and/or child endangerment have priority for referral to volunteer attorneys.

If your case involves threat of danger or violence to you or your children, you should contact your local crisis center right away.

Our program offers services to victims of sexual assault. Please contact IVLP for information about these services.

You may not have a volunteer attorney assigned to your case if you are not income eligible, if your case is not one of the types that IVLP accepts or if there are no volunteers available in your area.

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What Case-Types does the IVLP accept?

FAMILY LAW (Primarily when domestic violence or child endangerment is at issue.)

  • Divorce
  • Custody and Visitation
  • Modification of custody
  • Contested Protection Orders
  • Guardianship of Adults or Child(ren)


  • Debt Defense (Limited)
  • Wills and Probate (Limited Assets)
  • Assistance for nonprofit corporations
  • Legal assistance to start-up and emerging business through partnerships with other non-profits (Limited)
  • A variety of civil legal services for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence.
  • Advice and counsel regarding whether bankruptcy can assist persons facing foreclosure.
  • Other limited foreclosure assistance
  • Immigration assistance for victims of violence (VAWA and U Visas)


IVLP cannot take:

  • Cases where the Attorney can collect fees
  • Criminal issues
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child support collection
  • Defense of child protection cases
  • Defense of protection order cases
  • Enforcement or appeals
  • Housing
  • Torts
  • Paternity cases
  • Social Security Issues
  • Workers compensation

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Am I Financially Eligible?

IVLP helps people whose income is at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level, and without significant assets, which could be sold and used for attorney fees.


What do I Pay?

In most cases you only pay out-of-pocket expenses for litigation costs. The lawyer's services, however, are free! If you don't know if you qualify, it is still good to inquire.


How do I apply?

Call the IVLP at: (208) 334-4510, or 1-800-221-3295 --Toll free, Idaho only. Hours of operation: 8 AM to 5 PM, Mountain Time, Monday through Friday.

OR complete the online IVLP Applicant Information Form PDF File - Get Acrobate Reader and email it to our office by clicking the submit button at the bottom of the form.  You may also print the form and mail it to PO Box 895 Boise, ID 83701 or fax it to (208) 334-4515.

A obtener la aplicacion en Espanol, impresione aqui: Aplicacion Espanol del IVLP. PDF File - Get Acrobate Reader

To receive a free consultation with an attorney to determine if bankruptcy may help when facing foreclosure please complete and submit this form. Bankruptcy Application Form PDF File - Get Acrobate Reader

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