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Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator

Not sure where to start your legal research? Try the Louisiana Civil Legal Navigator. Answer a few questions about yourself and your situation to get customized legal information, local court forms, referrals to legal aid, and more. Available for Divorce, Child Custody, Employment Law, and private Landlord-Tenant Law.

Eviction Process Guide

This guide is adapted from information provided by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. This guide lays out the step-by-step process for evictions in Louisiana. It is intended to provide information to both tenants facing eviction and landlords who need to access the Court for evictions.

Issue Guide: Asking the Court for a Fee Delayer Application - In Forma Pauper (IFP)

The law says an "individual who is unable to pay the costs of court because of his poverty and lack of means" may file without paying court costs. This is called filing in forma pauperis (IFP). It is important to know that filing the affidavit with the court does not automatically lead to IFP status.

Louisiana Small Claims Court Information and Basic Forms

This information guide has a link to a computer program you can use to create some basic forms for small claims court in a Louisiana Justice of the Peace Court. The forms are only for small claims courts that are also Justice of the Peace Courts. The forms are not for small claims brought in a city court or other Louisiana state court.

Lousiana Expungement Eligibility

This app will help you determine whether or not you can get your criminal record expunged under Louisiana law. If you are likely eligible for an expungement, you will find resources for pro bono and private attorneys who can assist you.

Papers in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.

People in Your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

Watch this presentation to find out about words you need to know describing people in your civil court case. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.

Places in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

Learn more about words you may come across in state courts in Louisiana. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.

Preparing Your Small Claims Case

See this brochure to learn more about small claims court and how to prepare for your case there.

Procedures in your Civil Court Case: Words You Should Know

You may come across some of these words in court. This presentation is based on a resource created with the Pro Se Subcommittee of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Access to Justice Committee.

Representing Yourself in Court: Your Rights and Responsibilities

Tips if you must handle your legal issue on your own without a lawyer. This document is strictly for informational purposes, it does not include legal advice.

Rule for Possession - Answer to Eviction Form

This resource includes a sample answer form that you can use to respond to an eviction lawsuit filed against you.

Self Representation: How to Get Ready for Your Day in Court

See this brochure to find out more about what happens in the courtroom, how to behave, and more.

Subsidized Housing Grievance Guided Assistant

This Guided Assistant tool can help you: (1) understand your legal rights to file a housing grievance, (2) prepare for an informal or formal grievance hearing, and (3) create a grievance letter and ask for an in-person meeting with your landlord or property manager. This tool is not legal advice. This tool does not not take the place of legal advice from a competent attorney licensed in your state and familiar with the law and facts of your legal issue.

What Can I Do When My Landlord Won't Make Repairs

Find out your rights and what your landlord has to do.

What Do I Need to Know About Security Deposits and How Do I Get Mine Back?

At the start of a lease, it is customary for the tenant to provide a security deposit to the landlord. Here's what you need to know about security deposits and how to get yours back.

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