Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS)

Provides free legal assistance in civil (non criminal) matters to persons in Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee.
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Primary geographic focus: Tennessee
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: MALS
Lists: LSC

Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) is the primary provider of civil legal representation to low income families in the western Tennessee counties of Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale.  MALS helps individuals and families facing critical, sometimes life-threatening, situations such as:

  • Domestic violence
  • Mortgage foreclosure, eviction or homelessness
  • Wrongful denial of health care, food stamps, unemployment compensation and other assistance
  • Consumer fraud or predatory lending
  • Special challenges of children and the elderly

MALS does not accept fees for it services anddoes not handle criminal cases, class action lawsuits or fee generating cases such as personal injury or worker’s compensation, among others.


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