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Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc. (LAWO) and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) are non-profit regional law firms that provide high quality legal assistance in civil matters to help eligible low-income individuals and groups in western Ohio achieve self reliance, and equal justice and economic opportunity. 

When Paul* returned from serving in Iraq, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and some physical challenges that interfered with his ability to maintain a regular job. While in a Veteran’s Administration Hospital, he received notice that the bank was foreclosing on his home. With four small children in their home, Paul and his wife sought help from Legal Aid. Read the full story >>

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BSMC Announces Award Winners

Ohio Access to Justice Summit

Group says Ohio will be at forefront of debate Elections to feature immigration reform

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    LAWO is an LSC-funded program.


LAWO and ABLE serve 32 northwest and west central Ohio counties.
ABLE and LAWO Migrant Farmworker Programs serve all 88 Ohio counties. 

LAWO offices are located in Dayton, Defiance, Findlay, Lima, Sandusky, Springfield, and Toledo. 

ABLE offices are located in Dayton, Defiance, and Toledo.

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