Locate local and online legal help, and access to city, county, state and federal laws.
Download the Library’s guide to Legal Resources in Bellingham and Washington State, which includes starting points for frequently asked legal questions.
- The Library Catalog has books with general legal forms
- Washington State Court Forms are available online
- Whatcom County Superior Court Forms are available online
- Bellingham Municipal Code – laws guiding City of Bellingham
- Whatcom County Code – laws guiding Whatcom County
- Revised Code of Washington – laws that have been adopted in Washington State
- United States Code – the general and permanent laws of the United States
- Washington Administrative Code – administrative rules adapted to enact legislation and RCWs
- Lummi Tribe of the Lummi Reservation Code of Laws
- Nooksack Tribal Court System and Court Rules
- Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (Constitution Annotated)
- U.S. Founding Documents
Public Law Library of King County
Staff at the Law Library will answer your legal questions by guiding you to different legal resources. The Washington State Law Library offers this service as well. In addition, the Public Law Library of King County has created concise research guides on popular legal topics.
Whatcom County Law Library
A comprehensive portal with links to a wide variety of legal information including laws, dictionaries, court forms and much more.
Free or Low-Fee Legal Assistance
Access ID Project
Free assistance to homeless or at-risk individuals to navigate the process to obtain state-issued ID. Occurs in conjunction with Street Law at the Central Library on one or two Saturdays a month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. For dates, see LAW Advocates’ calendar or Bellingham Public Library’s calendar.
Call to determine if you qualify for free legal assistance for civil problems. You can call CLEAR Monday-Friday from 9:15 am to 12:15 pm, at 1-888-201-1014.
LAW Advocates (Legal Assistance by Whatcom Advocates)
LAW Advocates provide free legal help including advice, representation, and other assistance for low income individuals and families facing urgent non-criminal legal problems.
Northwest Justice Project
A statewide, publicly funded, nonprofit law firm that employs lawyers and paralegals working in locations throughout Washington, NJP provides critical civil (non-criminal) legal assistance and representation to low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education, and other basic needs.
Street Law and other LAW Advocate programs
A free, drop-in, legal advice clinic held at the Central Library on one or two Saturdays a month from 1:00-4:00 p.m. This clinic allows you to address your legal issues in one-on-one consultations with volunteer lawyers. For dates, see LAW Advocates’ calendar or Bellingham Public Library’s calendar.
Agencies in Washington that have legal resources for the public:
Legal Voice (formerly known as Northwest Women’s Law Center)
Staff at the Center answer legal questions over the phone by giving people information about their legal rights. Their website has a wide variety of legal self help publications covering subjects from family law, LGBT rights, employment rights, and consumer issues.
Moderate Means Program
Connect with lawyers who offer legal assistance at a reduced cost. To be eligible you must be facing a family, housing, or consumer law issue and your household income must fall between 200-400% of the Federal Poverty level.
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
NWIRP provides high quality legal representation at little or no cost to those in immigration and deportation proceedings. Their priority is the representation of low-income immigrants, people impacted by the criminal legal system, and people who face other forms of oppression.
Unemployment Law Project
Legal assistance and information to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged. Services are offered to anyone with a Washington State claim. Links to self-help materials and a FAQ list are available on the website.
Washington Dispute Resolution Center
The WDRC offers conflict prevention and intervention services for businesses, organizations, individuals, and families.
Free legal information as well as a guide to free and low-cost legal help to low-income persons and seniors in Washington.
Washington State Bar Association
In addition to licensing attorneys in the State of Washington, the Bar provides a directory of lawyers.
Whatcom Civil Rights Project
Provides legal assistance and advocacy to victims of discrimination and civil rights abuse in Whatcom County.
Victim Support Services
Peer support and advocacy for victims of crime providing services free of charge to victims of crime.