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What NCLR’s Legal Information Helpline Can and Cannot Do

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What NCLR’s Legal Information Helpline Can Do

NCLR provides this Legal Information Helpline as a service to all members of the LGBT community and our allies. The Legal Information Helpline provides basic information about laws that affect LGBT people, including family law, and about resources available for people who are facing discrimination or other civil rights issues. The Legal Information Helpline is not a client intake line. We do not provide any legal advice, legal representation or take on cases through the Legal Information Helpline.

Submitting a Request and Confidentiality

If you have a question about laws affecting LGBT people or are looking for legal resources or an LGBT-friendly attorney in your area, you can submit your request to the Legal Information Helpline through our web form. Through the form, you will provide us with your name, contact information, and an initial description of your request. For example, you will indicate whether you are seeking a referral to an attorney in your area, or whether you are seeking legal information. You will also be asked to provide a short description of the general issue(s) you are asking about. People who are involved in relationship dissolution or custody matters will be asked to provide additional information so that NCLR can best determine what resources may be available.

It is important that you understand that your contacting the NCLR helpline, whether by calling or by submitting a request form to the NCLR helpline, will not establish an attorney-client relationship between you and NCLR. NCLR will make every attempt to keep confidential the information you provide to NCLR; however, because you have no attorney-client relationship with NCLR, NCLR cannot guarantee complete confidentiality in all circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns about how to complete the form, please contact NCLR at 415.392.6257 or toll-free 1.800.528.6257 during office hours (9AM to 5PM Pacific time).

A Note About Deadlines

IMPORTANT: All legal claims have time deadlines. The deadlines may be different depending on who violated your rights and which rights were violated. For some kinds of violations, you may need to file a claim with a government agency before you can sue, and these agencies have their own time deadlines. If you do not comply with the applicable deadlines (called a statute of limitations), you may be legally barred from pursuing your claim in court. Contacting NCLR to describe your problem does not mean that NCLR represents you, and will not stop the statute of limitations from running. NCLR cannot give you advice about the deadlines that apply to your case. To protect your rights, please consult an attorney promptly to find out what deadline may apply in your case.

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