Michael Eicksteadt-Founder/ Executive Director
Bardo Ramirez- Volunteer Legal Assistant
Lee Woolf-Volunteer Legal Assistant
Desert Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through staff and volunteers, the center provides free and lost-cost civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and advocacy to challenge societal injustices for the poor, disabled and low-income of the Coachella Valley. Est. 2005
WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY.
ALL PERSONS REGARDLESS OF AGE, GENDER, RACE, RELIGION, DISABILITY AND SEXUAL ORIENTATION WILL RECEIVE OUR SERVICES.
WE PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES TO ALL INDIVIDUALS. OUR FOCUS IS ON INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES WHO ARE THE POOREST AND MOST VULNERABLE IN OUR SOCIETY.
Palm Springs Office:
423 N Palm Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Palm Desert Office
74170 Hwy 111
Palm Desert, CA 92260
We are committed to providing legal services on a sliding scale, or by flat-fee, including free services to all individuals and families who are the poorest and most vulnerable in our society: those on fixed incomes/or those whose maximum income is less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines as published by the Department of Health and Human Services for fiscal year 2018
In determining eligibility for our pro bono/ low-cost legal services other specified factors will be taken into account along with income. Clients must provide proof of income documentation with tax returns, SSI annual statement, SDI annual statement and SSDI annual statements.
All persons regardless of age, gender, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation will receive our services.
Fees are on a sliding scale or by flat fee and make up only a small percentage of our income due since our clients come from low-income communities and those who rely on fixed incomes such as SSI disability and Social disability and Social Security for the elderly. The Lion's share of our operating expenses is achieved through fundraising from the public and through grants.
If we determine that we cannot assist you with your particular issues, we will attempt to refer you to an appropriate organization, agency or private attorney from our Partners in Equal Justice panel